TSS: June 5, 2011

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Can you believe it is June already? In two more weeks I’ll be on summer vacation! I never did a wrap up for April, so here are the books I read in April and May:

  1. The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, by Elizabeth Stucky-French, 334 pages, April 2, 2011
  2. The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer, 222 pages, April 10, 2011
  3. Teaching with Poverty in Mind, by Eric Jensen, 152 pages, April 13, 2011
  4. Something Missing, by Matthew Dicks, 292 pages, April 19, 2011
  5. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, 587 pages, May 7, 2011
  6. Listen, by Rene Gutteride, 350 pages, NOOK
  7. Finn, Jon Clinch, 304 pages, May 15, 2011
  8. The Lens and the Looker, by Lory S. Kaufman, 322 pages, May 29, 2011
Something Missing was my favorite book out of all the books read in April and May.
Yesterday I started reading a book from the DCF list, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. This is a book about a girl with Asperger’s who is dealing with the death of her brother. A fast read that quickly pulls you into the story. This is the book I’m reading on my NOOK, I’m not sure which “real book” to start next. I like to have a real book going for when I’m reading outside and playing fetch with Tessa.
I also wanted to post an update on the water in my basement. The water table is starting to go down and the water is slowing down. Now, I can leave the pumps off for 10 hours and I only have about an inch of water. I was even able to do laundry down there yesterday! The weather looks good for this week, with only a possible shower today and on Thursday. I can handle that!
I hope everyone has a great week. Happy reading!
[Wordpress question: My formatting keeps  getting messed up in this post. I have hit return to skip lines between my paragraphs, but when I click on publish and update they get erased. Any ideas?]
[Another update: Oops, I had left out 2 of the books that I had read! I added them to my list.]

TSS: BOTNS Author’s Retreat

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Last weekend was such a fun weekend! All week I have been trying to think of a way to put it into words.

Last Saturday, my friend and I drove down to Manchester, VT for the Books on the Nightstand Author’s Retreat. We had been looking forward to this for months and we couldn’t believe it was finally here! Back in January, they announced the 9 authors that would be at the retreat:  Chris Bohjalian, Jon Clinch, Wendy Clinch, Matthew Dicks, Susan Gregg Gilmore, Steve Himmer, Ellen Meeropol, Elizabeth Stuckey-French,  and John M. Thompson. My friend and I started ordering the books and reading.

On Saturday, we drove to the Northshire Bookstore, the place of our first session which was a discussion with Matthew Dicks. I had read Matthew’s book Unexpectedly Milo and loved it! I find this book very hard to describe, but it is now one of my favorite books and made Matthew one of my favorite authors. At his discussion he called his books “quirky fiction” so I’m going to leave it at that. Trust me, pick up this book… it is so good! This first session focused on the decisions that Matthew had made which led him to become an author. There was plenty of time at the end of the session to ask questions. Ann and Michael, the people who put on the retreat, kept each session very small (I think about 25 people) so it was a very comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

My friend and I left that session just amazed! it had been even better than we had been anticipating! The rest of the day and night continued along in the same way. Everything was so well organized and “reader friendly.” The next session was in a cozy room in an inn down the road and the author was Chris Bohjalian. Chris spoke about his newest book, Secrets of Eden, took lots of questions from the group, and told funny stories about being on a book tour.

We spent the next session with Jon Clinch. I had read Kings of the Earth and I can’t wait to read his first book, Finn.  I ended up buying Finn while I was at the Northshire so I could have Jon autograph it for me. It was so interesting to hear him talk about his writing process. Jon also took lots of questions from the group. He is an amazing author!

Our last mini-session was a Yankee Book Swap. Everyone brought a book from home, all wrapped up, and we did a traditional Yankee Gift Swap. Susan Gregg Gilmore, one of the wonderful authors) ended up taking my friend’s book and trading the book she opened in exchange.

After a dinner break, we went back to the Northshire for the evening wrap up. Here, every author spoke for about 10 minutes then we had a “meet and greet” where we had our books autographed and chatted with the authors and other guests. It was so much fun! Books on the Nightstand will be playing each author’s talk during the ending event on various podcasts. They have already published the talks from Elizabeth Stuckey-French and Jon Clinch.

The weekend was a weekend that any reader would enjoy. I hope they do it again next year and I hope I can go!

TSS: March Ends… April Begins!

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April is looking good so far! A big storm was predicted for April first, but it missed us! Hooray! Yesterday was up in the 40’s and it was just gorgeous out. Today’s forecast looks great too. The sunshine and the warmer weather energize me so much.

Well I don’t have much of a wrap up for March! I didn’t finish one single book in March! Last year only read one book in March, so instead of blaming myself for being lazy, I’m going to say that March is a slow reading month for me. Good thing February was a good month!  🙂

I did almost meet my goal of 100 miles last quarter! I did 95 miles! That’s the closest I have ever gotten to the goal. I know I can make it this next quarter.

April looks to be a fun month! Next weekend is the big event down in Manchester, Vermont put on by Books on the Nightstand and Northshire Bookstore. I can’t wait! Today I’m starting the last book I have left to read for the event: The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer. Along with Steve Himmer, the following authors will be there: Matthew Dicks, Chris Bohjalian, John Clinch, Wendy Clinch, Elleen Meeropol, Susan Gregg Gilmore, and Elizabeth Stucky-French. My friend and I have already picked out the workshops we’re attending and we’re so excited!

Do you have any fun plans in April?


TSS: February Wrap Up (3/6/11)

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I read some great books in February! Don’t you just love it when you read good book, after good book?  I ended up reading 5 books in February which brings my total books for the year up to 9. All of the books for this month were for the BOTNS author retreat. What I love about his event, is that it is getting me to read books I never would have read. Every author, except for Chris Bojhalian, has been a new author for me. And I want to read more books by all of them.

  1. Secrets of Eden, by Chris Bohjalian, 364 pages, February 4, 2011
  2. Fade to White, by Wendy Clinch, 261 pages, February 14, 2011
  3. Kings of the Earth, by John Clinch, 393 pages, February 22, 2011
  4. House Arrest, by Ellen Meeropol, 201 pages, February 24, 2011
  5. The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, by Susan Gregg Gilmore, 254 pages, February 26, 2011

I’m hoping I can keep the reading up in March. March tends to be a reading slump month for me… but I’m hoping to not have that happen this year. We have another snow storm going on now with a predicted 20 inches or so. If I end up with a snow day I hope to get some reading in and even finish a book! Keep your fingers crossed.

I’m also keeping up with my 100 Miles by the end of March. So far I’ve done 68 miles. I might actually meet my goal this time!

I hope everyone had a great February. Let’s hope for less snow in March!

TSS: January Wrap UP (2/6/11)

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Where did January go? It went by so fast! I read 4 books in January, which is good for me during a very busy month. Three of the books were fantastic and one (Little Bee) was just okay.

  1. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, 271 pages, January 6, 2011
  2. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, 398 page, January 19, 2011
  3. Looking for Alaska, by John Green, 178 pages, January 25, 2011 (e book)
  4. Unexpectedly, Milo, by Matthew Dicks, 344 pages, January 31, 2011

The other big news in January… I bought my NOOKcolor! I love it and I’ll do a post all about it later this week. Looking for Alaska was the first book I read on my NOOK. I loved the book, but I do wonder if part of that love was really because I love my NOOK!

One of my favorite discoveries in January is the author Matthew Dicks. I had never heard of him before, but he is going to the Books on the Nightstand retreat in April – which I am attending! Nine different authors are participating and I’m planning to read a book by each author. Unexpectedly Milo was a fantastic book! I can’t wait to read his other book, Something Missing. If it wasn’t for the retreat, I probably wouldn’t have picked up Unexpectedly Milo… and I think it’s going to be one of my favorites of the year!

Another fun addition in January… the game Just Dance 2 for the Wii! My sister gave it to me for my birthday and it is so much fun! You have to try it!

TSS: NOOK and Wisdom Teeth (1/23/11)

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I did it! I bought my NOOKcolor and I had wisdom teeth out. Thursday night, the night before surgery, I went out to dinner with my parents.  The restaurant was right next door to Barnes and Noble so my mom suggested we go over and I buy my NOOK. I thought I wanted to wait until after the surgery but the weather for the weekend looked so cold, my mom convinced me that we wouldn’t want to go back out. So I went over, bought my NOOKcolor and then we went back to my house. It was too late for me to play with my new toy, so we all went to bed.

The next morning I got up (no food or drink because of surgery…. this also meant NO coffee). My dad drove us to the oral surgeon. I think I was knocked out for a total of 45 minutes. When they woke me up I just kept saying, “I can’t believe it’s over! That was so easy!” On the way home, we stopped off at the drug store so I could pick up my antibiotic and some advil. I decided not to fill the heavy duty narcotic, last time I didn’t really like using that. After that, I went home and went to bed. I did sleep most of the day on Friday.

Finally, on Saturday, I could stay awake long enough to play with my NOOK. I love it! I couldn’t believe how quickly it felt so natural and comfortable. I’m reading, Looking for Alaska. I’ll post more about the NOOK as I become more familiar with it.

The next 9 books I plan on reading need to be “real” books because I’m going to the Books on the Nightstand retreat in April. They just announced the 9 authors that participating in the retreat so I need to buy and read those books. I want the real book so the authors can sign them. After that, I’ll be back to my NOOK reading.

Are any of you going to the retreat? I can’t wait for it! I hope everyone has a great week! Enjoy some crunchy food for me.. I’m on soft foods for a while.


Sunday Salon: 1/16/2011

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I’m late getting my Sunday Salon up and it will  be a short one tonight. This weekend was so much fun! My family came up to celebrate my 40th birthday. I wasn’t expecting my sister to come. But… she surprised me and came up! What a wonderful surprise! Tonight I’m tired and ready to go to bed early after a weekend of eating, shopping, and spending time with family. Soon, I think I’ll go up to bed and read a bit more of  my current book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a great book that I highly recommend. I hope to write a review after I finish it later this week.

I get my wisdom teeth out at the end of the week. I think I’d like to have some graphic novels or other quick reads to choose from as I rest up after the surgery. Any recommendations?

Have a great week!