My Little Pocketbooks: May 2013   

Friday, May 31, 2013

Women's Reading Challenge Completed

Join my "Women Challenge"! :) 
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I have completed my second reading challenge!  Whoot!  Whoot!  This one was too easy to be honest.  The challenge was to red book written by women author's.  I think I read way more books by women than man.  By far!  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Cover: Kevin's Point of View

Last year I received a book by the name of Kevin's Point of View from the books author Del Shannon for review.  It was one of my first books from an author for review.  After reading it, I gave the book 5 out 5 stars because it held my attention and was a great children's adventure. 
Recently, Del Shannon emailed me to let me know his book has a new cover.  But before I reveal the new cover I want to tell you a bit of information about the old cover.
So from what I have heard, the old cover was from a drawing a young reader drew after reading the book.  The picture was from a scene in the book of Kevin in the bathroom.  I love that Del thought enough of his young readers to have them involved in the creative process of his writing this book.  How cool is that?!  
Old Cover with Old Title
Now are you ready for the new and improved cover.  The 2.0 version.
Hold on to your hats, purses and belts.
Ladies (and gents) here is the new cover......
*drumroll*

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: The Madman's Daughter

Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Audiobook: 12 hours and 50 minutes
Narrator: Lucy Rayner

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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Best #41

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone?  This is the last Sunday of the month and how are you doing on your reading challenges?  Have your completed any yet?  I have 2 challenges done and one I have not  even started on.  Sorry Anne Rice!
 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. 

 
My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Friday, May 24, 2013

Winners of Mystery Box of Books



May is almost done and my extra books corner is finally empty!  Just in time to refill it with new books from BEA!  Yep  my Christmas tree space is going to be filled to capacity in less than 2 weeks!  I was really hoping on getting a few books of my book case to make space but...Anyways on to the winners.  
Thank you so much to each and everyone one of you who stopped by, entered and left comments.  Your comments on this months giveaway were very interesting.  More books to add to my TBR list.  LOL!  Great!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: For One More Day

For One More Day
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: October 10, 2006
Hardcover: 197 pages

Source: Bought from Border Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Guilty Pleasure

Happy Hump Day!
I decided to join a weekly hop for a bit.  This one is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  Join us!   
 
This weeks Topic/Question
 May 17th - 23rd: What is your guilty pleasure read?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles

Fish Finelli (Book 1): Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles
Author: E.S. Farber
Illustrations: Jason Beene
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Paperback: 156 pages
Ages: 8-12

Source: Free from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0: Wrap Up

Bout of Books
And that is a wrap!
Whew!
I have to give myself a pat on the back.  Even though I set my goals kinda low (not the 10 books others read) I finished the three books I had listed in my original post.  One of them I actually finished the day before the read-a-thon started.  The review was posted during Bout of Books.  I have read 3 books.  Started a fourth.  Completed one review.  Drafted one review. Completed 5 post. And completed 2 books in my ARC Clean Sweep Challenge.  That is my personal AMAZING week of Bout of Books!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Best #40

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone? Did you participate in Bout of Books or any kind of reading, blogging event?  There were a few things going on around the Blogosphere this month/week.  I am for one am looking forward to the end of the month for a few reasons.  BEA and getting to meet publishers and bloggers.  Taking some needed Vaca from work.  And having a few plane hours (from LA to NY) to sleep and read.  Yippie!
 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.
My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Here I Go Again

Here I Go Again
Author: Jen Lancaster
Genre: Humor, Contempory Fiction
Publisher: New American Library
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Paperback: 320 pages

Source:  Free from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Spine Speak: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hosted by: Kimberly at Bookmark to Blog

I ran across this blog post during April's National Poetry Month and thought this would be a fun and interesting challenge to join in. What is Spine Speak all about?  According to Kimberly's blog post you have to gather 5 or more books to make a poem.  The poem should be posted on the 3rd Thursday of the month and follow the given theme.  Link the poem post (with picture, book title and author) to her site and if you complete all the listed months you can win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.  Now, who does not like to win $$.  How cool is that?
This months theme ~
April Showers Bring May Flowers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Re-Reads

I decided to join a weekly hop for a bit.  This one is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  Join us!   
 
This weeks Topic/Question
May 10th - 16th: What was the last book you re-read? Or name a book you would like to re-read. (submitted by Tanya)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0: Weekly Progress

Bout of Books
Bout of Books Progress
Everyday of the read-a-thon this post will be updated with my progress.  Are you doing this read-a-thon as well?  Let me know in the comment section how you are doing and I'll try and stop by your blog to cheer you on.   

I Love This: TopShop Satchel

There is something so formal business cute about the bag that I just love.  When I lived in Japan all the school children has navy blue school bags just like these.  I wanted one so bad but it would have been strange (I think) walking about with a kids school bag.  Like I stole it or something. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
Author: Edward Kelsey Moore
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Manuscript copy: 320 pages

Source: I received this ARC from the publishing company.
Buy the Book: Amazon

Friday, May 10, 2013

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Did you know here in the US we celebrate the heritage of our Asian Pacific American brothers and sisters?
Well, you learned something new today.  Last month was reserved for poets. March we celebrated Women in and making History.  February was the celebration of African American Heritage.  
Today I thought it would be cool to create a post highlighting a few books with Asian Pacific American characters and the authors who write them.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0: Sign up & Goals

Bout of Books
It's almost that time again! Time to get our reading on with Bout of Books! Yes!!! Another Read-A-Thon! Just like last year I plan on getting a book or two off my TBR list and on to my Finished list.
What's Bout of Books all about?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Recommendation

I decided to join a weekly hop for a bit.  This one is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  Join us!   
 
This weeks Topic/Question
May 3rd - May 9th: What was the last book you read that was recommended by someone else? (submitted by Tanya)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: Wonder

Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Audiobook: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Narrator: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd

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

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday Best #39

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone?  Productive and page turning?  
As usual, I am cramming in blogging into my busy schedule but I am happy to say that I feel like May is going to be easier than April.  I am seriously going to plan on blog day a week.  So I will be able to get caught up on my blog and have time to visit you all again.
 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.
My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Mystery Box Giveaway

I love surprises don't you!
I love getting something in the mail that I have no idea what it will be!
Last month I gave away two mystery boxes filled with used and new books along with swag.  You know what?  I think I will do that one more time.  

Prize

Thursday, May 2, 2013

April 2013 Wrap Up

I hate to say it but I am thrilled that April is over!  April has been one of the busiest months this year and this chica needs a rest.  I have no idea really what was so over the top with it but there were so many things going on in April that sleep and reading were in jeopardy.  If you know me, then you know those two things...along with food are very, very  important to me.  
Life tried to take over but I had to put my foot down (a little) to get some reading in.  Here is my wrap up for crazy April.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: LOL!

I decided to join a weekly hop for a bit.  This one is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  Join us!   
 
This weeks Topic/Question
April 26th - May 2nd: What was the last book you read that made you laugh out loud? (submitted by Tanya)