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2009 Pub Challenge

The 2009 Pub Challenge

I came across one more challenge for 2009 - being hosted by Michelle at The guidelines are:Read a minimum of 9 books first published in 2009. You don’t have to buy these. Library books, unabridged audios, or ARCs are all acceptable. To qualify as being first published in 2009, it must be the first time that the book is published in your own country. For example, if a book was published in Australia, England, or Canada in 2008, and then published in the USA in 2009, it counts (if you live in the USA). Newly published trade paperbacks and mass market paperbacks do not count if there has been a hardcover/trade published before 2009. Any questions on what qualifies? Just leave a comment on the post about the challenge, and Michelle will set you straight!No children’s/YA titles allowed, since we’re at the ‘pub.’At least 5 titles must be fiction.Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.You can add your titles as you go, and they may be changed a…

Post to Ponder

Thoughts on the 2008 Election

I came across two excellent articles by two popular authors Orson Scott Card and Wayne Thomas Batson and just had to share them.

Orson writes a weekly column called World Watch for The Ornery American. His recent column is "What Really Matters As We Vote" I read it yesterday and was quite impressed. He has links to several sites in his column to check out.

Wayne Thomas Batson is a christian author and has written a very thoughtful post about the 2008 Election. Click over to his blog: Enter the Door Within about his thoughts on the issues and the candidates.

As Winnie the Pooh would say "Think, Think, Think"

Weeky Report #8

Weekly Wrap up

We had a semi light week. I didn't have time to plan lessons on Sunday when we returned from AZ, so quickly put the list together Monday of plans for the week.

Devotions: All about wisdom and trusting God. Read through Proverbs 3 and discussed. We are working on attitude, being polite and respecting your elders.

English: Finished up Section two on Sentences and worked on words used as both nouns and verbs.

Spelling: Completed Lesson 9 about consonant blends.

Cursive: Handwriting without Tears Grade 4 book arrived and completed the first four lessons.

Math: Started Kumon's "My Book of Simple Subtraction." I also purchased DK Math made easy and will be mixing in worksheets along with subtraction. It's clicking now!

Chemistry: Father and James are enjoying reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. This week they finished Ch 12 Nature never creates other than Balance in Hand and Ch 13 Mr Dalton and His Atoms. Father made up a worksheet of …

Booking Through Thursday - Are you a spine breaker?

Mariel from Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops asks:

Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

I'm neither a spine breaker or a dog earer: anymore. Used to be when 17 years old and didn't give a thought to who would be reading the book after me. Now, (30 years later) I'm more respectful of the books I buy and read: Always use bookmarks or use the flap of the book cover. However, 9 times out of 10 son comes behind me and sees the flap stuck in the middle of the book and "fixes" it. Grrrrr! I try to keep my books in pristine condition and all get shelved properly in or on the bookshelves. I positively hate reading books with grungy pages, broken spines, etc. Hence, the reason I don't get library books. Also, the reason I don't lend out books. I'd rathe…

Posts to Ponder

The interesting and maybe not so interesting

Colidiotone at Word press

Please welcome my dad to the blog world. He is a retired colonel in the Air Force and I helped him set it up while in AZ. He will have lots to say about the presidential election, the stock market, and whatever else comes to mind. Check it out and be sure to bookmark it.

Hannity's America - A couple nights ago we caught Hannity's America. Sean Hannity expounded on the 10 reasons why Obama should not be president. The expose was very well done, interesting and educational. I hope they rerun it a few times between now and the election for more people to see.

Our wonderful county supervisors has approved this to be put in our Airport to the tune of almost $1 million dollars.

Yep, it is a 56 foot red, fiberglass rabbit that will hang from the ceiling in the center of our new airport terminal. Supposedly a certain amount of the budget has to be applied to art and for some reason they aren't or won'…

Wordless Wednesday

What's On Your Nightstand

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month and 5 Minutes for Books is hosting the carnival of What's On Your Nightstand.Jennifer wants to know all about who and what we're reading, when we find time to read, why we've chosen what to read and where we read.

I've gotten through some of my TBR pile and added a few more. I've finished 13 of the 20 of my Fall Reading Challenge Books and review links are posted on the sidebar. There are about 3 or 4 books from the challenge that I haven't even gotten yet. Will probably pick those up in December after Nano.

What's currently on my nightstand. Take a Look.

Dead Even by Mariah Stewart, Deat Heat by Joel Rosenberg and Seventh Day by Bodie Thoene are for the Fall Reading Challenge.

Hadassah by Tenney is just because.

Life of Pi by Yann Martell is because I joined the Martell Harper Challenge and the book has been on my wishlist for quite a while. Agatha Christie's Murder of Roger Ackroyd is part of the Challen…

Teaser Tuesday - Dead Certain

It's Teaser Tuesdays over at MizB's
Grab your current read.Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

"She could never drive this road without remembering those nights more than a year ago when headlights would appear out of nowhere to blind her in the rearview mirror, making the drive home a nightmarish ride into hell." (pg 26)"Vince laughed out loud in the dark room. There was just nothing in the world like a single, middle aged woman. He could wrap any one of them around his little finger, just like that." (pg 145)Dead Certain by Mariah Stewart

Book Review - Brisinger



Christopher Paolini

Rating: ***** Excellent

I brought Brisinger with me on our vacation to Arizona. It is 748 pages long and is the 3rd in Paolini's Inheritance series. And surprise, surprise - it isn't the conclusion, there's a book four that will being coming out at some point. My folks generally went to bed around 9:30 which gave me the opportunity to read in the evenings. I started it on Monday when we reached the hotel and finished it Friday night. Excellent story continuing Eragon's saga

Book Description: "It's been only months since Eragon first uttered 'brisinger,' an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he's not only learned to create magic with words--he's been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his …

Book Review - Brink of Death

Brink of Death
Hidden Faces Series


Brandilyn Collins

Rating: **** awesome

Back Cover Excerpt: "Annie Kingston moves to Grove Landing for safety and quiet--and comes face to face with evil. When neighbor Lisa Willit is killed by an intruder in her home, sheriff's detectives are left with little evidence. Lisa's daughter, Erin, saw the killer, but she's too traumatized to give a description. The detectives grow desperate. Because of her background as a courtroom sketch artist, Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But Annie knows little about forensice art or the sensitive interview process. A nonbeliever, she finds herself begging God for help. What if her lack of experience leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a fact that doesn't exist. Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood...."

Brink of Death is an awesome story with lots of suspense, actionand courage. It is written in the first person pers…

Book Review - Sinner

A Paradise Novel


Ted Dekker

Rating: *** good

Description: Sinner is the story of Marsuvees Black, a personification of raw evil who speaks with wicked persuasion far more destructive than swords or guns. Beware all who stand in his way. It’s the story of Billy Rediger and Darcy Lange, two unsuspecting survivors of a research project gone bad, who discover that they are quite extraordinary, perhaps the two single most powerful souls in the land. Listen to them or pay a terrible price. And it’s the story of Johnny Drake, the one who comes out of the desert and leads the 3000. Follow him and die.

Sinner is the 3rd and final story in the Paradise series. Showdown is the first and Saint is the 2nd. The story is well done and interesting, but the characters are lukewarm at best and the action doesn't pack the powerful punch that the first two did. In Showdown, you positively felt the evil of Marsuvees Black. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same impression in Sinner. …

Book Review - Show No Mercy

Show No Mercy
Black Ops # 1


Cindy Gerard

Rating: ***** Excellent

Back Cover Excerpt: Only two things can compel Journalist Jenna McMillan back to Buenes Aires after terrorists held her captive there just months before: a rare interview with a shadowy billionaire and the memory of the dark and dangerous man who saved her... Bad guys, bombs and bullets are Gabriel Jones's way of life. But he'll never forget the brash redhead he rescued not so long ago.. or the passionate kiss they shared before he sent her packing. Now forced together by a bombing at the National congress, Jenna and Gabe confront the urgent longings that simmer between them. But this surprise meeting is no coincidence. A ruthless enemy stalks them with deadly precision. The question is... if they make it out alive, will Gabe turn his back on Jenna ... again?

Show No Mercy is the first in a new romantic suspense series with lots of suspense, drama and action as well as passion. If you read any of her…

Arizona Vacation

We're back! It was an interesting drive, pretty much a straight shot up I-5 - thanks goodness for cruise control. Crossed over to highway 99 via 46 through Lost Hills. Will never stop in Lost Hills again. We dropped by McDonalds for a bite to eat and have a restroom break. Flies all over the place, inside and out. Yeech! Continued up hilly CA-58 to Mojave and got to the Best Western Desert Inn around 8:00 p.m. Very nice clean place, right across from a very busy train track. Good thing we like the sound of trains.

I'm so glad we didn't decide to stop the night in Barstow. When we got back on the road in the morning, it was another hour's drive. I-40 was more of the same - straight shot up through the hills.

We listened to a couple audio story books by Jim Weiss - Giants and Uncle Wiggly. James is a good traveler but hates to stop until we get to our location.

We arrived at my folks house mid afternoon. My mom was just getting over that horribl…

Arizona bound

Our bags are packed, we ready to go. We standing here outside the door.

Oh, sorry. I seem to be channeling "we leaving on a jet plane". We've said goodbye to Father and he has gone off to work. I'm finishing my lunch while James watches "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving". Why is he watching cbt? He saw a preview at Target yesterday while we were looking at videos and decided he just had to watch it before we leave.

We are taking off for Bullhead City, Arizona to visit my parents, just a mother/son trip. Never done it before so should be interesting. It is a nine hour drive so decided to split the drive in half. We will stop tonight in Mojave and stay next to Edwards AFB. Then tomorrow continue the rest of the way. And I will have my trusty Kodak camera so will take plenty of pictures.

What books am I taking you ask? Why Brisinger, of course. And if I managed to finish it, I also have A Ghost in the Machine, a Chief Inspector Barnaby Novel by Car…

Musing Mondays - reading survey

THIS week’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a “reading” survey, and what it had to say…
MizB recently read an article (here), that I found through BiblioAddict’s blog, that talked of “why women read more than men“. In it, author Ian McEwan is quoted saying:“When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.”Do you believe this to be true? Why, or why not?
I don't think the novel will be dead if women stopped reading, but I seriously doubt women or anyone else will ever stop reading. I know quite a few men and children who read everyday: family, friends, and relatives, plus all the bloggers out there. I've been reading since learned how in the 1st grade. I even won the prize (the coveted Gold Star) for the most books read in my class - once I started, you couldn't stop me from devouring books. It was love at first sight.

The owner of my favorite used bookstore was discouraged the other day about people not reading anymore and started quoting the statistics from a study t…

Book Review - House of Wolves

House of Wolves
An August Adams Adventure

Matt Bronleewee

Front Flap Excerpt: "Yesterday was August Adam's birthday. It didn't go well. Today is worse. He's being chased, slashed, lied to, knocked out, shot at...and tied up with his ex-wife and young son in the freezing belly of a plane on the way to the bottom of the world. All because of a very rare book with a secret, a nazi plan that's been in deep freeze for half a century, and an ancient, power-hungry underground organization with eyes on a holy--and possibly deadly--prize. The implications are both global and intensely personal. Because unless August Adams figures it all out soon, no one near him will live to see tomorrow."

August's dad sends him a rare birthday present - a book called The Gospels of Henry the Lion. Is it a copy or the original? It doesn't matter to the secret society, The Black Vehms. They want the book no matter what.The body count rises as August and his family are chas…

Book Review - Trail by Fire

Trial by Fire
Newpointe 911 # 4

Terri Blackstock

Rating: **** Awesome

Warning: contains spoilers

Front Flap Excerpt: "Pastor and fireman Nick Foster found the body in the inferno engulfing his church. From the bullet wound in the head, it's clear this is no ordinary fire victim. The quiet community of Newpointe, reeling from the shock of the dead man's identity, struggles with the agonizing question, who did it--and why? Paramedic Issie Mattreaux is no icon of virtue, but she cares enough about her teenage nephew, Jake, to track him down when he turns up missing. Only, what she finds is far more than a harmless bonfire on the outskirts of town.
After a chilling attempt on Issie's life, Nick takes on the role of protector even as he struggles with the tragedy that has struck his church. Whoever is behind the fire is far from finished. Unknown to Nick, that person's twisted agenda now threatens to consume everything he loves most."

In Tr…

Weekly Report #7

Weekly Wrap Up

Proverbs: We read 1 Warnings against enticement and rejecting wisdom and 2 moral benefits of wisdom and discussed the meanings of all. We are using The Adventure Bible by Zonderkids in the new international version. It has great "Let's Live It" sections and the one for this section is "Think before you act." Which is beneficial for James because that is what he needs to do. It suggests you count to five and ask yourself 5 things before you act.

1) Is it right?
2) Is is good?
3) Is it helpful?
4) Would my parents approve?
5) Would God approve?

If you answer no to any of the questions, stop what you are doing. I had him write the 5 questions down (in his best handwriting) and we will post it to his wall.

Cursive: He finished the 3rd grade cursive book and did an excellent job.

Spelling: Completed lesson 8 about consonant blends.

English: Completed 2.7 and 2.8 Plural Possessive Nouns and Irregular Plural Possessive Nouns. This was a g…

Posts to Ponder

Blogs to check out

Lisa over at Lisachaos has the most amazing photographs this week. The macro shots of the fuzzy worm are astonishing.

Dewey over at The Hidden Side of the Leaf is giving away spooky halloween books given to her by the Hackette group. Head on over to her site to sign up, but you have to do it by 12:00 p.m. PST.

And she is also hosting The 24 Hour Readathon

which begins tomorrow at noon GMT. Gargantuan Books has set up a site where you can find all participants and cheerleaders. Check them out tomorrow and cheer on the readers. No I'm not participating, but will unofficially cheer on a few tomorrow.

Check out the weekly reporters and find out what they have accomplished this week.

Brandilyn Collins blogs about a Nebraska Legislator's lawsuit against God. Yes, you read that correctly. A legislator filed a lawsuit against God; fortunately he lost.

The Anchoress has some interesting commentary about "Joe the plumber." Does Joe represents the comm…

Booking through Thursday

Did I lose a day? Nope, just Booking through Thursday getting an early start.

Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post. Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting p…

Wordless Wednesday

Whiskers on Wednesday

Kitty Love

Happy Anniverary

Happy 55th Anniversary


My parents

How they met
MOM:Back in January of 1953 I was a member of a group of gals who went to the bases around the area and danced with the guys in the service. We would meet at the YMCA in downtown San Antonio and get on a bus. We were then driven to Lackland AFB NCO Club. We all had to sit at the same table and we could only drink soft drinks. The guys would come over and ask us to dance. A wonderful setup for gals who just loved to dance.
One night, this scrawny countrified looking guy came over and asked me to dance. We were not allowed to refuse to dance with anybody, so we danced and during the dance we talked and he was fascinated by my nickname “shy” because he was from Chicago and that was the nickname for the city, “SHYTOWN.” He asked me for my phone number and I gave it to him. We danced by a guy who was sitting at one of the tables and he gave my number to him to write down. I just thought he was a strange kid.
We got together later and our first …

Musing Mondays - favorite genre and author

Today's Musing Mondays ask

Could you narrow down your reading to a favorite genre and author? Why, or why not?

Not at all. I don't have one particular genre that I lean towards. The genres I read are all over the map. If you look at my book shelves, you will see science fiction, christian fiction, romance, suspense, to the classics and non fiction. I have favorite authors and will read anything that author has written, such as Nora Roberts, Mercedes Lackey, Stuart Woods, Ted Dekker, Dale Brown, Linda Howard. I love discovering new authors, new to me that is. What I read varies by my mood as well.

What about you?

Fun Time

Rock park

We went to a different park on Friday that is across town. It is a neat place with a sizable play area, picnic area, tennis court, soccer field, and big rocks to climb. It was early afternoon and at first no one was there. James has fun wherever he goes - whether anyone else is there or not. He's quite good at amusing himself.

He went rock climbing

I did it Mom!

Oh Man, how do I get down?

After a while, a little boy and his father showed up. He was the cutest little kid. When I asked him how old he was, he gestured from his feet to his head and said "this many". He had a high pitched giggle like a cartoon character and was very happy. He wanted James to play with him, so James plopped down in the sand with him and played trucks.

The little guy followed James around on the play equipment and they did the swings together. It was cute to see.

James Reading Challenge

He did it!

James wanted to get King Kong versus Godzilla. So, I made the agreement with him that if he read 20 books he would earn it. The books had to be chapter books or difficult reads, not easy readers. He read the following books, most of them out loud to me during the day or at bedtime.

Star Wars Empire Strikes Back (junior novelization)
Star Wars New Hope (junior novelization)Star Wars Return of the Jedi (junior novelization)Star Wars Phantom Menace (junior novelization)Star Wars Attack of the Clones (junior novelization)Star Wars Revenge of the Sith (junior novelization)Star Wars Epic BattlesThe Story of Darth VaderThe Little Red Train Storybook
The Adventures of Diego ColumbusWinnie the Pooh original adventuresLion KingToy StoryThe Magic Tree House #1 Dinosaurs before DarkThe Magic Tree House #2 Knights before DawnThe Magic Tree House #3 Mummies in the MorningThe Magic Tree House #4 Pirates Past NoonReturn of the 3rd Grade Ghost HuntersFlat StanleyFrog Wars: lessons in p…

Weekly Report #6

Weekly Wrap Up

Lessons didn't go exactly as planned this week, but we ended up getting alot done anyhow. Father was totally exhausted when he got back from the AES show, which meant he didn't go to work on Monday and I ended up going to work Tuesday and Wednesday.

Devotions: Read about Esther and God's Purpose. When we were reading the story of Esther, James recognized it from his Veggie Tales dvd: Esther, the girl who became queen. Very good story and of course, we had to watch it. We also started our bible study and James decided he wanted to learn Proverbs first.

Cursive: Working on Capitals and will be finished with the book next week.

He is doing an awesome job with handwriting.

English: Completed Section 2.5 and 2.6 plus workbook about singular possessive and irregular plural nouns.

Spelling: Lesson 7 - long vowel sounds - James aced the test as always.

Math: Completed the Kumon Workbook of Addition. James chose to do two lessons and finish off the book. We s…

Advanced Reader Copy of Dark Pursuit

Advanced Reader Copy

How neat is this? I received my very first Advanced Reader Copy today of Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins. Back in September, Callapidder Days mentioned that Zondervan was offering to send out early reads of Dark Pursuit. They were asking for two things in response: each recipient post an honest review on their blog and post a review on at least one online site such as by October 31st.

I sent in an email from the office and just realized a few days ago that I hadn't heard anything. The response probably got lost in the spam filter. I realized October 31st was coming up pretty quickly and emailed again. What a delightful surprise to receive the book in the mail today. Guess what I'll be reading this weekend!!!

Winter's Illusion

Book Cover for Winter Illusion

I am working on the outline for the story I will be writing during NaNaWriMo. Started fooling around with making a book cover and came up with two different ones. Do you like or dislike one or both? What do you think?