Sunday, February 27, 2011

This Week In Books

I'm totally losing it, 3/4s of these I can't even remember which days they showed up. Major #aleafail.

Troubletwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

Orchards by Holly Thompson (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

Hell, Yeah by Carolyn Brown (not sure if I can say what this is for)
Still the One by Robin Wells (not sure if I can say what this is for)
What You See in the Dark by Manuel Munoz (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

Something For Nothing by David Anthony (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

(Those last 3 came with this really nicely made set of 3 booklet samplers about the 3 authors.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hardcover vs Paperback 121

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb



Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
The art on these covers, more so the paperback remind me of frescos which I think is a bit odd for this type of book but at the same time very fitting. To be honest there is something a little bit off putting about them for me.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Week In Books or That Didn't Last Long!

Well my dry spell which I welcomed with open arms didn't last very long!


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (For a Blog Tour)

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn (Just Showed Up Review Copy)


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (Just Showed Up Review Copy)
Lost and Found by Shaun Tan (Accepted for Review)


Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer (Just Showed Up Review Copy)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lookalikes 136

Chocolate: A Love Story

From the Heart by Nora Roberts

Sometimes there is nothing I like more than a nice simple graphic on a book cover and here are two such cases. I must pause here to say, Max Brenner's is delicious. The Nora Roberts book is over run with text so this win will go to Chocolate: A Love Story.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hardcover vs Paperback 120

Likely Story by David Van Etten



Meet Mallory Hayden, sixteen-year-old producer and creator of her own soap opera. Can she survive life with her backstabbing soap-star mother, keep her friends close and her enemies closer (and tell the difference between them), find true love (supersweet boyfriend-or the show's supercute male lead?), and make her show a hit in this world of high-stakes drama and sudsy sabotage?

Originally published as separate hardcover novels, here are all three Likely Story novels in one sizzling volume!
So to start with, the paperback is actually a collection of the 3 books in the series (which all look similar to the hardcover). I've never been a fan of the hardcover (though the flip book sort of imagery could be a nice concept if the image was more interesting) until I saw the paperback and well I really don't have anything nice to say about it so I won't say anything. 

I feel like a lot of series are being released together in one book recently, it's definitely an economical way to purchase a series.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

A's Valentine Surprise

Tonight I came home to a Valentine's Day surprise from A from Pretty Little Liars. I wasn't excepting anything from her so I was totally shocked and very excited!

As always she left a message with her treat but no clue this time. Wait, actually I was wrong, thanks to The Story Siren's post I realized the ? mark candy was supposed to be in the middle and on the bottom of the candy (you have to peel back the wrapper) there is a link to a clip from the show!

How cute is that? 

Is it just me or has Pretty Little Liars been getting really good lately? I always love the very last scenes of the episodes when we see A doing something but we don't see A!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This Week In Books or Finally the Week of NO BOOKS!

Y'all, it has finally happened. I've had a full week of no new books or any kind and from anywhere! This is the first time this has happened since I started This Week in Books waaaay back on July 29th of 2008! Can you believe it!!!

I'd say this is cause for celebration! I've gotten close a few times which 2 books but never none! *throws confetti* Here's the hopefully many more weeks like this, the books, they are everywhere!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lookalikes 135

 The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

All For One by Melody Carlson

I prefer the first cover since the picture covers the whole cover. If there was another picture in the bottom right hand of the second cover I don't think it would look as sparse. But as is it's very bare and uneven. 

Thanks to Deborah who suggested this lookalike!

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Weekly Dose of Crafts

Ahhhh Real Monsters! 

Ok sorry I'm a dork lol! But thanks to Tami I'm finally working on something other than my gray scarf! She suggested we both knit something from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters since we had it so I pulled out and book and picked Toothy Joe the Mailbox Monster because he seemed pretty easy. At first I had no idea what yarn to use and then it came to me. my TLC Essentials in Coraline! I had bought it to make some mittens and then decided against and never could think of anything to do with it, until now!

He doesn't look like much but hopefully by next Wednesday he'll look a little more monstery instead of blobby. To get the line of his mouth I had to bind off half of the stitches and now I'm trying to pick them back up again, but it is tight in there, ack!

For more crafty goodness be sure to stop over at WIP Wednesday! And find me on Raverly as mint910.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Hardcover vs Paperback 119

The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante



Agnes and Honey have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But everything is about to change, from their friendship to the only home they’ve ever known: a religious commune called Mount Blessing. Agnes loves being a believer and following the rules of the commune, but Honey has started to rebel. Then, when Agnes and Honey experience the outside world (on the run, no less), their friendship is tested further. After all, when everything you’ve ever known turns out to be a lie, how do you find the truth? A powerful story of faith, doubt, abuse, and above all, friendship.  

Hmm I don't feel that either of these covers capture the feel I get from the summary. I like how the hardcover is more serious and introspective but it is missing something very important that the paperback has, both of the main characters. But the paperback makes the story seem a lot more lighthearted than the summary does. 

Thanks to Alyssa who suggested this H vs P!

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

This Week In Books

This week I got a mostly Knitting/Crochet themed order from Bookcloseouts on Tuesday, it goes something like this:

The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman
Things I Learned from Knitting...whether I wanted to or not by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot by Mary Beth Temple
Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self edited by Joseph Galliano
Divas Don't Knit by Gil McNeil (called The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club in the US)
How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron
Ranson by Heart by Meg Cabot
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
Chicks with Sticks (Knitwise) by Elizabeth Lenhard

I also got a book in a wonderful package of goodies that included yarn, candy and other fun things, thanks Fairy T!

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Hardcover vs Paperback 118

Siren by Tricia Rayburn



Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything--the dark, heights, the ocean--but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge.  That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident.  After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.

But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine's death, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more.  

Soon it's not just Vanessa who is afraid.  All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents . . . in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear. 

As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine's death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance, and that will change her life forever. 
I have to stick with the hardcover in this case. I think there is a disconnect when looking at the paperback and reading the summary. The summary only hints at sirens or mermaids (if that is what the book is even about) but the paperback SCREAMS it. So it's almost like spoiling the story before you know anything about it. I like how the hardcover takes a more vague approach. 

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This Year In Movies: January

 This month I watched 7 movies and and 3 tv shows on dvd.

Eat Pray Love - Interesting. Made me hungry lol.

The Kids Are Alright - Wonderful movie, I can definitely see why it's being nominated for awards.

Inception - Eh. Ok I guess. Leonardo DeCaprio's wife totally annoying the heck out of me and I actually really like that actress. The best part was Joseph Gordon Levitt floating around the hotel. A lot of people told me to put down my knitting and really pay attention, after watching it I don't think I really had to do that.

Monk Season 2 - So sweet and sad at the same time. Total win.

Monk Season 3 - I love how to show follows a formula sort of but never really gets boring or repeats itself.

Monk Season 4 - Still loving Monk. I had to pull myself away mid Season 5 to catch up on some tv I haven't been watching due to my Monk addiction!

Despicable Me - So great! I loved the story and the animation. Very cute.

Easy A - Hilarious. I need to see this again ASAP.

Going the Distance - Eh, not as good as I was hoping. I felt like Drew Barrymore was trying to play someone too young and I wasn't buying it at all.

Freakonomics - I thought the way this book was brought to the screen was brilliant. 4 filmmakers took a chapter from the book and explored it in a short documentary.
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