Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Synopsis: March 14, 2010

SPECIAL EVENTS:  This week I participated in Share a Story, Shape a Future!  Below you will find all the posts I wrote in honor of the event.  

REVIEWS:  None, BUT I do have another one written and ready to post this week!

  • The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (audio; disc 2 of 17)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (page 58 of 374)
  • The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (giveaway received from Beth's Book Review Blog!)
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (library sale)
  • Magic Tree House #4:  Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan*
  • Magic Tree House #3:  Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale 
  • Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  • Across the Endless River by Thad Carhart
  • Magic Tree House #2:  The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Magic Tree House #1:  Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Only in New York, Darling by Virginie Sommet
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • Royal Blood by Rona Sharon
  • The End of the Beginning by Avi
  • Matchless by Gregory Maguire
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson & Ned Rust
  • King by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. Walls
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Arthur's Audio Favorites Volume 2 by Marc Brown
  • A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
  • Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker
  • George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World by Tracy Kidder
  • Fool by Christopher Moore
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • 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
  • Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Rocky Mountain Snow Ghosts by Patti Hurst
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • 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
  • The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney
**Those marked with an asterik(*) have reviews written and are scheduled to post!

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:  I have really spent the majority of my time this past week staying up-to-date on all the Share a Story, Shape a Future posts.  I'm hoping to get caught up on my Reader (especially with all the new sites I've added this past week!) and will have a lot to share next week.  In the meantime, I recommend you check out my posts noted above for some awesome link love and resources!!

    FINAL THOUGHTS:  This week has been one filled with a ton of emotion!  I have had a blast with Share a Story, Shape a Future, even being shortlisted for the big 50 book multicultural giveaway sponsored by Reading is Fundamental; however, I also received some very bad news as well.  My grandfather, the man who has had a large impact on my personal reading, received a phone call this week indicating that his cancer has returned and spread.  For now, we wait . . . and though I am a patient person, I am having a hard time with the waiting game!  Whatever the case may be, I will say that I believe this week has been an inspiration to me in regards to my writing on this site.  I wrote more than I have in a very long time (maybe ever!) this last week and I have begun writing more reviews.  I am hoping this will be a turning point for me in writing, but know that with the personal stuff going on at the same time, it may be difficult for me to post.    So, here's to hoping to continued inspiration and most importantly, healing!!  Please keep my grandfather in your thoughts as he continues to fight his battle!


    1. Tif, he sounds like such a wonderful man, and I am thinking of you both, willing the cancer to leave him be.

    2. I am on disc 9 of Swan Thieves and can't wait to read some of your upcoming reviews. I read Grabenstein's The Crossroads as well. Sending healing thoughts to your grandfather!

    3. I will definitely keep your grandfather in my thoughts and wish for the best for you and him.

    4. I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandfather, Tif! I will definitely keep him my thoughts.

    5. I am very sorry to hear about your grandfather, Tif. I'm here if you ever need to talk. Just e-mail me.

      I am impressed with all of the books that you've read and have waiting to review. I am also impressed with all of your Share-a-Story posts. You rock.

    6. I'm so glad you were able to have a great week with Share A Story. I absolutely loved all of your posts!

      And I have to say, I am so so sorry about your grandfather. I know exactly what that is like and I don't envy you one bit. I will definitely keep you both in my prayers and hope that everything goes peacefully and happily the way you wish them to. Much Love!

    7. Your grandfather, and you, will be in my thought and prayers.

    8. The Book Chook . . . Thank you so much! He is definitely a wonder! :)

      Peaceful Reader . . . Thanks for the healing thoughts! I really enjoyed The Crossroads. I haven't decided about Swan Thieves yet. I'll be curious to read what you think!

      Kristen M. . . . Thank you so much!

      heidenkind . . . Thank you!

      Rebecca :). . . Thank you so much for the offer! And, thank you for the kind words about my posts!!

      The1stdaughter . . . Thank you so much for your kind words about my posts as well as for my Grandfather!! I greatly appreciate both!

      carolsnotebook . . . Thank you!


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