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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Pocketbooks

I love Halloween!  For basically two reasons, one the dress up and the candy!  That sounds like a perfectly good reason to celebrate to me!  Hehehehe!   This year I am having a hard time settling on a costume.  I think I might be a witch like I always do but completely go over board with it this year.  This is still a maybe.  *thinking*
Last year I posted a few post about purses and Halloween.  And this year I am going to do the same.  As I was jumping around the world wide web I ran across a few over the top and hot mess pocketbooks that would make great additions to your costumes.  Conversation pieces in a whole new light.  LOL!  Bags that NO ONE will have!  EVER!

First.... from last year

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Commenting Confessions

This post is basically, more or less a rant confession about my commenting on your blog (and others)
First, let me say that I have a job.  A full time, one hour commute to work and one and half hour commute home, along with a work out schedule, a weekly dance class and a national book club to run and this blog.  I'm kinda busy!  And well...I don't comment...well...enough.  Heck, I rarely read other blogs on a regular bases.  I have my blog roll that I hit but the other day I noticed on another blog there were over 15 links to other blog post from the week.  When I click on the links there was a comment from them on each and every single one.  And I can't remember the blog at all right now.  ARGH!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Rotters

Author: Daniel Kraus
Genre: YA Horror
Publisher: Listening Library
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Audiobook: 16 hours and 23 minutes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne

Source: Free from
Buy the Book: Amazon

Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Villains and First Lines

Hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

Thank God It's Frriiidddayyyyy!! 
Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer). I really like doing this meme 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. You should join us! And this month is all about scary books and things. "The Halloween Edition." 
This weeks Topic/Question 
Halloween Edition: Norman Bates VS Hannibal Lecter: Which one of these famous book murderers is scarier? (Optional Question: Who is your favorite book villain?)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I Love This! Green

Add a little color to your wardrobe with a green pocketbook.
I realized last night, I did a post about the color of the year on book covers, but not purses.  So here are a few Emerald green purses, all under $50.00.

All images are from

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Reading Resolution Update

Way back at the beginning of the year I posted my 2013 New Year Book-ish Resolutions.  It just occurred to me I should do a check up on them and see how I am doing. 

I, Alysia Allen pledge not to purchase any new books for the year of 2013.  There is only one exception.  The book club book of the month is the only book I will purchase at the local independent bookstore.  I will not purchase books for giveaways either.  I will be giving away only the books currently in my possession.  If I bring new books into my house they have to be FREE!  I can purchase audiobooks and e-books since they do not live on my bookshelf.  
In 2013 I will only purchase 12 (book club selection) books and nothing more.  I will read the books in my house this year regardless of age, condition and public opinion.

This is my pledge for 2013.

Monday, October 14, 2013

4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Welcome to stop number 322!
You were just at Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment before a little voice on your right shoulder told you to hop on to the next place.  Now you are here entering a new exciting giveaway.  When you are done that voice on your left will tell you to jump back onto your broom and fly off to The Hook.
Your not in the Twilight Zone your are in the mist of one of the biggest book giveaway hop celebrating the spook of October. 

What trick or treat item do I have for you my pretty?

Review: Whodunnit -Murder in Mystery Manor

Whodunnit - Murder in Mystery Manor
Author: Anthony E. Zuiker
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Release Date:  June 21, 2013
Audiobook: 7 hours and 37 minutes
Narrator: Gildart Jackson 

Source:  Free from
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Wrap Up!

It's a wrap!
I did it!
Kinda!  Well...most of it!
Let me explain. 

Sunday Best #49

Hosted by Tanya at   
Yesterday, as most of you know was Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.  So I started at 5am and finished at 5am.  I am so sleepy right now.  So let me say sorry now for any typos.  Sorry this list of links are well organized.  I am just taking stuff off of my Feedly saved file again today.  I have been collecting for a few weeks.  I will post my RAT Wrap Up next.
Now on to Sunday Best.
 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.

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 21 - 24

I see the light!  It's soo pretty!
Dewey's 24 Read-A-Thon

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 17 - 20

So close we are almost there!!!
Dewey's 24 Read-A-Thon

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 13 - 16

Keeping on! Yes we can!!!
Dewey's 24 Read-A-Thon

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 9 - 12

This the half way point!  And we are doing it!!

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 4 - 8

First 4 hour done!  Let's do this!

Oct '13 Read-A-Thon Updates: Hour 1 - 4

 Today is the day!  Let's do this!
I will update this post for the first 4 hours.  

5:00 am
Hour 1
Introductory Questionnaire
hosted by:  Dewey's Read A Thon

Free Listens for October 2013

I have noticed most bloggers post every week, month or just once in awhile a list of free or really close to free e-books.  I love free books.  Free e-books and audiobooks.
Yes there is a such thing as a free audiobook.  And they are not just boring old classics either.  I seem to run across a few new ones here and there.  So I thought I would share my free audiobook finds with you. I mean who does not like free.
If you are new to audiobooks this is a great why to try one or two without spending any money.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Scary Book to Movie and First Lines

Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).  I really like doing this meme 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.  You should join us!  And this month is all about scary books and things.  "The Halloween Edition."
This weeks Topic/Question
Halloween Edition: What scary book would you like turned into a feature film?

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Oct 2013: Goals


Guess what tomorrow is?
Read-A-Thon day!
Yes, one complete, 24 hour long, day devoted to reading and reading and snacks.  This going to be my 5th RAT!  Whew!
I am going to lock myself in my place, turn the cell onto silent mode and read and snack like no bodies business.  I even cancelled my workout session with my trainer today.  Why?  Because it's read-a-thon day!  I'm on my way to Trader's Joes to stock pile my kitchen with healthy and not so healthy read-a-thon snacks and beverages hot and cold.  Last read-a-thon I made the mistake of including wine with my read.  It was just a glass (or two) around hour 15.  Needless to say I didn't see hour 16 and beyond.  This time NO WINE!

Before I head to the supermarket I thought I would let you know what my Read-A-Thon Goals are.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I Love This! Khloe's Bag

I am not a big celebrity watcher. I don't mind staring at their purses and wondering if I can find it at TJMaxx.
I ran across this Polyvore page created by amber-nicki-rose  and I fell in love with Khloe Kardashian's purse. That is the perfect fall bag for all my stuff. I think I could fit my ipad in there and have room for a paperback book.  Purses like this are great for holiday travel too!  Bottle of TSA approved Mountain Spring Water...check.  Book to read...check.  Snacks...check!  That bag can hold it all!

Coach Bag Giveaway

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 1st Phone Call from Heaven

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.
Yes, I am back again with another WoW post. I am such a pack follower. LOL! Anyways, it's only because I found yet another book I am looking forward to reading when it comes out.

This week's pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

R.I.P. VIII Movie Review: Insidious 2

106 min - Horror | Thriller
The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: AudioGO
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Audiobook: 8 hours and 43 minutes
Narrator: August Ross 

Source: Free from
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Best #48

Hosted by Tanya at   
How was your week everyone? Welcome to the first Sunday of October.  I know there is Halloween stuff everywhere you go.  The mall.  The supermarkets.  The blogs.  LOL!  Everywhere.  So yes there will be some here for the upcoming week/ month too. 
For this Sunday Best I am going to post all the saved post I haven't told you about.  Some are old and some are new.  I just wanted to clean up my Feedly saved file. 
Now on to Sunday Best.

September Giveaway Winners

It's time to announce the winners for four giveaways that were hosted here at My Little Pocketbooks.
First, let me say a BIG thank you to all of you for stopping by, entering and leaving comments.  I really, really appreciate it!  

Now on to the winners...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 2013 Reading Queue

Reading Queue September 
Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books:  A true story
Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month.  You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.   

Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Goosebumps and First Lines Friday


Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).  Hey everyone Billy got a new blog design and button for this weekly meme.  Go to his blog and check out the nice layout he his sporting.  This meme 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.  You should join us!
This weeks Topic/Question
October 4th -10th: Halloween Edition: What book gave you goosebumps? 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Last of the BEA13 Boxes: Part 4

Ok this is the last of the BEA13 books.  I told you there were too many books at the event.  I know there is no such thing but BEA is way over my head.  LOL!  Too many free books and my hording got out of hand.  And you know what...I didn't even go to the last day.  There were just to many people, books and lines.  Four days long!!  Whew! 
Anywhoo!  Here is the last of it.

September 2013: Wrap Up 
September rocked ya'll!
No really it did! 
I just got so many things done!  And so many books read!  And so many post written! 
September rocked!
Now if I could get other things in my life on the same page.  LOL!
 Check out these stats

I posted 42 post on this blog (the most post in one month ever!) and September was Hispanic Heritage Month.  (Second post click here)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Metatropolis Green Space

Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.
After my last Waiting on Wednesday meme post I noticed there are a few more books coming out that I am really looking forward to checking out.  This one is an audiobook.

This week's pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  Yep!  Along with all the halloween scares, ticks and treats we will start seeing PINK

According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website...The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.
Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to regularly visit these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments. Click on any of the websites below for more information.

More than likely everyone reading this post knows of someone who's life has been touched by this cancer.  (Myself included) I thought I would share a few books to give us insight, help, and support of those people in our lives.

Release Day Party for Communion

My Little Pocketbooks is happy to celebrate the release day for “Communion”, a YA urban fantasy novel by author B. Patterson. I know that you are shocked to see a book on tour here.  I haven't done them for a long time and I said I wouldn't do them any more.  But I was shocked to say the least to see an author of color with a character of color on tour.  And it's a fantasy book!  WoW!  I just had to jump on board for this one.  The book is labeled YA "Urban" Fantasy.  But I would love to remove the label of "Urban" and just introduce it to you as a new YA Fantasy Novel.

Happy release day Communion!