Monday, November 26, 2012

Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop!

Me, My Shelf and I and I Am A Reader Not A Writer are hosting this giveaway featuring beach reads or beach settings.

And the book I'm giving away on my blog is....

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend—but she’s picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother’s romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fianc├ęs, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a sweet, sexy son—Ash—complications arise:
Cricket’s future stepsisters make it clear they’re not happy about the marriage. An old friend decides this is the week to declare his love for Cricket. Grandpa chooses to reveal a big secret at a family gathering. Dan’s ex-wife shows up. And even the dogs—Cricket’s old, ill Jupiter and Dan’s young, lively Cruiser—seem to be declaring war.
While Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, she’s also alarmed by her own desires. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her....
To find out more about the book check out this link.
*Summary provided by Goodreads.
The giveaway starts on November 27th and runs until December 2nd!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review #1343 Birds of a Feather by Vanita Oelschlager

Book Review #1343
Birds of a Feather by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan
Rating: one star (out of four)

I really liked the premise of this book. I've always been fascinated with idioms and I can imagine what children must think when they hear some of these crazy expressions. This book offered a fairly straight forward approach:  it featured illustrations mimicking the idiom and then explained what the idiom really meant, covering some of the most common expressions. I wasn't a big fan of the book; the illustrations weren't my favorite. But I can see other people liking it.