Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Synopsis

This week has not been a good one for me in regards to blogging! I have a huge list of things that I've been wanting to write about and just have not had the time. I've decided to begin doing a little week-in-review to wrap up and summarize what I have done, what I still need to do, and to highlight a few things around the blogosphere that I have found and want to share with my own personal readers. (Is there a meme that currently does something like this because I need to sign up!! If not, then consider this my first one!!) I'm hoping that this will help me to be a little more organized and be more active about getting things done!

So, what have I been up to this week?

Reviews: NONE!! How pathetic is that?!?! Especially considering my stack that I need to review (see below for the full list)!!

Books Received: This is my list of books that I have received, all from a variety of sources. I have noted the sources in paratheses. For the record . . . this is the most review books that I have received since the beginning of my blog . . . definitely the most in one week, but probably the most overall!! Looks like my review request status is going back to being on hold!
  • Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker (review by author)
  • Creative Thinking for the Speed of Life by Jude Treder-Wolff (review by publicist)
  • A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi (review by author)
  • Legacy by Cayla Kluver (review by publisher)
  • What's New at the Zoo?: An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade (review by publisher)
  • Moose and Magpie by Bettina Restrepo (review by publisher)
  • Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk (review by publisher)
  • Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls by Lucy Nolan (review by publisher)
  • The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard (library)
  • Black and White by David Macaulay (library)
  • Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (library)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audio; library)
Currently Reading:
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt (page 338 of 363)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audio)
Reviews to Come:
  • 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
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney
  • Bridal Ballad by Edgar Allen Poe (Poe Fridays)
  • Mesmeric Revelation by Edgar Allen Poe (Poe Fridays)
Around the Blogosphere: I also seem to have fallen behind on my Google Reader! Some of these may have been written prior to this last week, but they are still very worthwhile in checking out!
  • Sylvan Dell Publishing has recently launched FREE access to their new generation of ebooks! It is a 90 day trial to 45 books for FREE!! Simply click here to access this trial to an amazing library of books. For the full details, check out Sara Dobie's Blog (Public Relations for Sylvan Dell). My personal favorite is Little Skink's Tail by Janet Halfmann (reviewed earlier this year here). I just received a few others (listed above) for review and upon my first flip-thru, I think I may be adding a few more favorites to my list!
  • Susan over at The Book Chook had a great post on how to Be a Pirate Parent, plundering the blogosphere for children's literacy resources, from games to worksheets to songs and so much more . . . ALL perfect for the current state of the economy because they are FREE!!!
  • I've also decided to sign up for another challenge . . . The Banned Book Challenge hosted by bibliobrat! I know . . . what the heck am I thinking?!?! I will have more information coming with an official post soon.
  • Last, but definitely not least, this is the last week to submit nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week! If you have not yet done so (like me), you had better give yourself a little kick in the rear and get with the program!! (This is a little pep talk to myself as well!!) I'm hoping to have the BBAW meme completed soon too!!

Additional Updates: I've been talking about my upcoming changes for quite some time now, but I have yet to launch them! By the time I finally do, the whole excitement will probably be lost in all the hype!! I did get to work on them this last week, but do not feel that I am at the point yet where I can make them official. I'm hoping that this week will be the week!! As soon as I have completed them, I will be shouting out the news . . . let's just hope I don't get the same response as when Peter cried wolf! :)


  1. Wow! What an awesome week you've had! You got some great books this past week, and have a whole lot of great titles in your review stack! Looking forward to your review of Angela's Ashes, as it's been awhile since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it.

    Have a great week!

  2. Yeah, can you tell I'm a ways behind these days?!?! I'm even super late at replying to my comments!! Oh well!! I will figure out my new routine eventually!

    My review on Angela's Ashes is coming this week! I was just chatting with some co-workers about it this morning and am excited to write about it!


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