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Mar
15

Saturday Conversations: Hitting the Wall

Saturday Conversations: Hitting the Wall   Time for a break… One of my goals for 2014 is to keep up Saturday Conversations and open the spot up for guest posts, etc. Another one of my goals is to spend less time working on the blog and more time reading. Unfortunately, right now those goals are working against one another, and my reading time is losing the battle. In addition, “real life” is completely busy and stressful right now, and I feel like I barely have anytime to sit and enjoy a book. This week alone, I’ve read at most 15 minutes a day. This makes me sad. Frankly, my Saturday Conversations posts aren’t pulling...
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Mar
8

Saturday Conversations: Books & Movies

Saturday Conversations: Books & Movies   Books vs. Movies… Earlier this week, when I was at the doctor’s office, I was making small talk and mentioned I review books. This got the technician talking about how she loved the Harry Potter series, Twilight series, and The Host by Stephenie Meyer. She specifically mentioned those books because of their corresponding movies. These days, it seems society measures the success of a book and/or series by whether or not it becomes a movie. Some books are known equally for their written word as their visual production. Take for example, the Hunger Games trilogy. The kids in my neighborhood play “hunger games” in the yard (shooting pretend arrows),...
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Feb
22

Saturday Conversations: Vacation Reads

Saturday Conversations: Vacation Reads I’m on Vacation! Greetings from sunny Florida! My family and I are visiting my folks who have a home in Florida. The 80* weather and sunshine are a far cry from the endless snowfalls and winter chill from back home. We’ve spent our first few days at the pool, going for walks, and hanging at the beach. One thing I always hope to do while on any vacation is read, and so far, I’ve finished one book. That’s about par for the course; however, it seems that I read less on vacation then when at home. During the day, I’m always busy with the kids, and by nighttime, I’m...
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Feb
15

Saturday Conversations: Treasured Pearls by Nima

Saturday Conversations: Treasured Pearls by Nima Treasured Pearls, Past and Present A short while ago, I endured an hour at the public library with a pack of cub scouts.  At eight and nine years old, their world is electronic.  There is almost no debate between e-books and books of paper and glue, electronics will always win.  It’s their most comfortable medium having had computer and smartphone access their entire lives.  I wasn’t surprised when despite recommendations from the National Association of Pediatric Doctors to not allow any television before age two, Fisher-Price designed a baby seat that holds a tablet for baby’s viewing pleasure.  Before these scouts are even a decade old, BiblioTech, the nation’s...
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Jan
18

Saturday Conversations: The Good Bad Guy

Saturday Conversations: The Good Bad Guy Enjoying the dark side Recently, my son had to write a short paper about the book he was reading. He was at a loss for topic ideas, so I tossed a few out. The one he ended up going with gave his opinion on the antagonist of the story. I asked him “Did the book have a good bad guy?” He was confused… wondering if I meant that the bad guy ended up good in the end – like Darth Vader or such. But no… I explained that I meant, was the antagonist well written – did he have qualities that you enjoyed and made the story better. Eventually...
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Dec
2

Mistletoe Madness Kickoff

Mistletoe Madness Kickoff  Mistletoe Madness is a month long event where authors with Winter releases (Nov-Jan) will take over The Book Nympho and That’s What I’m Talking About with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). I hope you guys enjoy Mistletoe Madness between your holiday celebrations and shopping. Now without further ado, here is the line up of authors.   The Book Nympho                That’s What I’m Taking About    Dec 2  Joey W. Hill Dec 3  Jessica Scott  PJ Schnyder * Dec 4  A.S. Fechichel  Kat Black * Dec 5  Sara Humphreys...
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Nov
9

Saturday Conversations: Reading with a Mom’s Perspective

Saturday Conversations: Reading with a Mom’s Perspective Getting Older With the recent release of the cinematic version of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, my ten-year old son and I decided to read the classic science fiction book. He read it first, and told me he liked it, but was confused by parts. I just finished reading it now and cannot wait to talk with him about it. (I wrote a short review at GoodReads, if you are interested in reading it.) Frankly, I found the book emotionally draining, and the reason is that I’m a mom of a ten YO boy. The things that are done to poor Andrew “Ender” Wiggin in the name of...
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Oct
19

Saturday Conversations: Book Couples

Saturday Conversations: Book Couples Falling in Love One of the things I love about the online romance community is the never-ending discussion of the BOOK BOYFRIEND. You know, those hot alpha males found in the pages of our beloved books… he is practically ideal in every way. Generally rich or self-made, handsome or flawed but in a sexy way, smart, tough but kind to those that deserve it, and above all, he finds his woman the center of his universe. I know friends that have lists of their book boyfriends. Or have found a real-life actor/s whom they feel represents their book boyfriend/s. It is a lot of fun to pretend and indulge...
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Sep
21

Saturday Conversations: Surprisingly Good

Saturday Conversations: Surprisingly Good It was surprisingly good… Earlier this week, I was talking with a coworker about the movie, Avatar. She mentioned how she didn’t care for it; felt it was overdone and overhyped. On the other hand, I actually liked it and thought it was… surprisingly good. Do those words ever slip out of your mouth? Why is it surprising that I enjoyed the movie? Well… before the movie came out, I actually didn’t want to see it. I thought it looked bad, and I was also mad the producer was using the title Avatar since I was a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. So I went into the movie (which I...
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Sep
14

Saturday Conversations: Reading Challenges

Saturday Conversations: Reading Challenges Reading Challenges I realize that it’s only September and there are still over three months left in 2013. However, I’ve already been thinking a lot about next year. First… I am already starting to schedule reviews for January 2014… That’s right! My personal review schedule is pretty much set through the end of this year. Earlier this week, I received an ARC for a book that comes out in January. I also sat down and looked at the upcoming release schedule, adding in slots for “must read” books that I auto-purchase. Second… I just completed my GoodReads book challenge this week. I finished my 75th book – and my...
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