Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Synopsis: August 23, 2009

This has been an absolutely crazy week, as my synopsis will prove!! I didn't get a lot done, but have high hopes for the week to come!!

Discussions: None

Reviews: Only one!
Giveaways: The Sylvan Dell Publishing Fall Title Giveaway is still going on! It's not too late to enter and get your name in the running for one of these four amazing books!
Books Received: None

Currently Reading:
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audio)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World by Tracy Kidder (page 76 of 301)
Reviews to Come:
  • Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard
  • Black and White by David Macauley
  • Mei Li by Thomas Handforth
  • Moose and Magpie by Bettina Restrepo
  • Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk
  • Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls by Lucy Nolan
  • What's New At The Zoo?: An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade
  • Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Rocky Mountain Snow Ghosts by Patti Hurst
  • Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Survival of the Fittest by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • S is for Save the Planet by Brad Herzog
  • Moose, Bear and Hummingbird by Susan Tone, Gabriel D'Luzansky, and Mary Delaney
  • The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney
  • Mesmeric Revelation by Edgar Allen Poe (Poe Fridays)
  • The Facts in the Case of in M. Valdemar by Edgar Allen Poe (Poe Fridays)
Around the Blogosphere:
  • I received the Super Comments Award from Alexia's Books and Such this week (click here to see her post)!!! It came at a great time because I happened to be feeling down from a crazy week of gearing up for students to begin classes, an overbooked week, and a family member spending more time in the hospital (and me nowhere close to be able to visit). I will make a more official post later this week, but wanted to give a shout-out to my giver here as well!! THANK YOU!!
  • As I have been reading posts throughout this week, I have seen that some bloggers have been announcing that they have been nominated for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. CONGRATULATIONS to all those nominated!! I've very excited to see the full lists of those that are up for vote!! Unfortunately, I did not receive a nomination. I'm a bit bummed, but not surprised. I have not been as consistent in posting as I would like this past year with all that has been changing in my neck of the woods. I hope to improve for next year though to earn a nomination for at least one category! If not, I still have every intention of sticking around!!
Additional Updates:
  • I will continue to be uploading past posts in the hopes of launching my new changes by the first of next month! I've decided to set that date and put it in writing, not only as a motivator, but also because it is my pay day!! I may be able to get some things up before then, but will make the official announcement one week from Tuesday!!
  • My final update is actually a question for all of my readers . . . I am curious to hear how all of you feel about my blog. What do you currently enjoy? What would you improve? Do you have any suggestions or comments for me to become a better blogger?



    Here is my review of The Road from a couple of years ago. The novel has stuck with me over the past couple of years and I find myself thinking about it a lot. The story definitely wasn't happy, but it told a lot about the human condition.

  2. Here is my review of Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak:

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! :)

  3. I'm so glad that you're getting through Frankenstein!

    I have wanted to read I Capture the Castle for a while so I'll be glad to read your review.

    I like the variety of your blog. There are few of us who review all kinds of books. I'm not good at saying what you should do differently because I think each person's blog is their own personal space. Just be sure that you are writing what you want to write about and your enthusiasm will come through!

  4. Laura . . . I just read your review and made a comment! I've also added a link to your review on my review of the book! Hope you don't mind!!

    Missy . . . I just posted my review to this book and linked to your review as well!!

    Kristen . . . Thanks for your thoughts!! I always appreciate them!! I'm almost done with Frankenstein and am hoping to finish by tomorrow!! I don't know when I will get my review up of I Capture the Castle, but hopefully soon!! I've got to get caught up on all of them!! :)


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