Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Are You Giving Away this Thursday? Link-Up Your BOOK Giveaways 1/27-2/2

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description How many Avail End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Three PaperBackSwap Credits ends 12/18
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-three-paperbackswap-credits.html



After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - January 26, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type the Last Sentence of the First Chapter
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

"And then, somehow, I am having sex with my best friend's fiance." Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Club Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

If you are not sure how our book club works please check out the guidelines here: Busy Moms Monthly Online Book Club.

Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.
Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.


Here's What I think: Classic Chick Lit with a little something extra! It has all the components of chick lit without being totally predictable and mushy. I really enjoyed the voice in which this story is told. Rachel tells you what is happening, in real terms, as it happens. She is a real person that usually makes the right choice and is shocked when she realizes what she has put herself in the middle of. The story itself is a little bit shocking - I mean stealing your BFFs fiance is sort of out there, but the story is so well written you want the best for her. It is all about perspectives and circumstances. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

If you have read and reviewed this title, or any of the titles in this series, please link them up here:




Thursday, January 20, 2011

What Are You Giving Away this Thursday? Link-Up Your BOOK Giveaways 1/20-26

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description How many Avail End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Three PaperBackSwap Credits ends 12/18
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-three-paperbackswap-credits.html



After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - January 19, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the title of the book that is next on your TBR List.
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What Are You Giving Away this Thursday? Link-Up Your BOOK Giveaways 1/13-1/19

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description How many Avail End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Three PaperBackSwap Credits ends 12/18
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-three-paperbackswap-credits.html



After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - January 12, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the FIRST Sentence of the Fourteenth Chapter (if your book doesn't have chapters or at least not that many, just type in the first full sentence of the page you are on) REMEMBER TO ALERT TO SPOILERS!
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.
"No one complained as Thomas herded the rest of them behind Minho." The Scorch Trials by James Dasner
So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Monday, January 10, 2011

Exciting News!

I am very excited to announce that we are having a GIRL!! We have three boys so she will be very well protected and super spoiled I am sure! Here's to a new adventure!

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


The Maze Runner By James Dashner (Book 1 in Trilogy)
Book Description:When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

About the Author: James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and kids. He always had the dream to be a full time author, and it finally came true in 2008. He's currently loving every minute of it (he'll let you know if he gets sick of writing and needs a job).Here's What I Think: So this is supposed to be a Young Adult book (actually listed as being for Grades 6-10), but I am not sure I could have grasped the complexity of this book at that age. The story is very intense and has tons of depth. The path of the plot keeps changing and changing until you have no clue as to the outcome. I love how complete each of the characters are in their construction, they each have a very specific persona. Really the whole concept of the book is incredible - a group of teenage BOYS are able to create an entire civilization complete with food gardens and animal farms.  Everyone has a specific job and does it for the good of the whole. Then there is the idea that a group of "scientists" would capture all of these children, swipe their memories and then put them into a giant maze like lab rats is just appauling. The book does come to seemingly final conclusion - so please be sure to read on through the epilogue. That is what sent me racing to my computer to order The Scorch Trials on my Kindle, the minute I finished The Maze Runner. The third installment is supposedly due out in March but I have not found a solid date.

He did several books with a small publisher before breaking onto the national scene with THE 13TH REALITY series and THE MAZE RUNNER (a lead title for Random House in Fall 2009). Learn more by checking out his website, http://www.jamesdashner.com/.





Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Friday, January 7, 2011

Review & Blog Tour Stop: Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Book Description: Heiress of one empire and prisoner of another, it is up to the daughter of Cleopatra to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...
To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene's parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young messianic princess struggles for survival in a Roman court of intrigue. She can't hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the emperor from using her powers for his own ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother's dreams. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win-or die?
 
About the Author: Stephanie graduated from Smith, a small women's college in Massachusetts where-to the consternation of her devoted professors-she was unable to master Latin. However, her concentration in Middle Eastern Studies gave her a deeper understanding of the consequences of Egypt's ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion.

Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian and has-to the consternation of her devoted husband-collected a house full of cats and ancient artifacts.

Here's What I Think: From the description I was really excited about this new perspective on the story of The Golden Age. I was thrilled to figure out as I read it that it would not just be a moment in time but it covered a large part of Seleste's life. The characters are so vivid and well constructed you can actually get the notion that you are there in the room, almost even inside Seleste's head. I will say that the book has a lot of historical fact, so if you are not into history, specifically that of Egypt, you may find that the store slows at some points. However, I think it was an engaging read that I read in just three sittings! I thoroughly enjoyed the voice of the book as well as the description and detail, that was interesting and not long-winded as books that are very descriptive can be.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of this book for review purposed, I was in no other way compensated to publish this review.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

What Are You Giving Away this Thursday? Link-Up Your BOOK Giveaways 1/6-1/12

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description How many Avail End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BMWL2R Three PaperBackSwap Credits ends 12/18
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaway-three-paperbackswap-credits.html



After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - January 5, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
What are the THREE Books you Absolutely Intend to Read in 2011
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.
 
I am planning to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, The Awakening by PC and Kristin Cast, and Lover Unleased by JR Ward.
So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kindle Goes Lendable!

Guess What! Some Kindle books are now lendable!! Got to Amazon.com to learn more about how to do it!

Jan. 2011 Book Club Selection: Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin.

The votes are in and the selected book for January 2011 is Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin! So if you have read and reviewed this book on your own blog, please link directly to your post in the linky below. If you plan to read it this month, please come back after you have posted your own review on your blog and link it up. Remember, just do a review post as you normally would and then link up directly. Then go over to some of the others and see what they had to say about the book!

If you are not sure how our book club works please check out the guidelines here: Busy Moms Monthly Online Book Club.



Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.
Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.