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Mailbox Monday #2

March 1, 2010

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page and is quickly leading to a toppling TBR pile!

This week I received my first “official” book in the mail for review.

I received Hiking Through Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul V. Stutzman. I am really excited to start reading this book. Look out for my review later this month.

Did anything exciting arrive in your mailbox this week?


Mailbox Monday #1

February 15, 2010

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. It is a chance for readers to share the books that came into their house in the past week (not including library books). This weekend I picked up a few books to take on my vacation next week. Some of them fit into my current reading challenges and some of them just looked really interesting.

  1. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  2. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  4. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
  5. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I can’t wait to get to the airport and start reading!

A Nancy Drew Weekend

January 31, 2010

I read SIX Nancy Drew books over the weekend! And I will probably finish a seventh before I go to bed tonight. I am really enjoying this challenge. Each book takes me about an hour to read. It is nice to relax and read without having to work all that hard. I still love Nancy and all of her friends. I love the freedom her father gives her to follow her instincts- I don’t think this type of parenting was very common in the 30s.

When I first read about the challenge and learned that the yellow-spined version of the series were updated to be more accessible to current readers, I was a little surprised. As a child I do not remember thinking the books had old language. As I read them now, I can see why the language was updated, and even still the sentence structure feels a little odd at some points. In some ways the outdated feeling is what makes the series enjoyable. Nancy can’t just pull out her cell phone and text for help, she has to be resourceful and observant!

I’m excited to continue with this challenge, but I think I need to take a break this week and start reading something from one of my other challenges- I don’t want to overdose on Nancy Drew.

Moving Soon

January 27, 2010

I realize it appears that I have forgotten about this blog. The truth is that I have been working on moving to a new and what I hope will be a better site! As I may have mentioned before I am a web designer by day and while I love reading and writing I have felt that my current blog hosting isn’t giving me the flexibility I am looking for. I am still using going to use wordpress, but I am working on a completely customized look. I am really excited about this project and unfortunately I have not been very good about balancing my time between the redesign and keeping up with blogging here. This upcoming weekend I am planning on catching up on my reviews. I have read some really fabulous books in the last few weeks, and I am itching to finish my reviews and share them.

I was home over the weekend and I ventured into the attic to locate some of my books. I was able to find my box full of my Nancy Drew books! Now I will really be able to jump headfirst into the challenge. I also learned that I don’t own all 56 titles, and I hate having an unfinished collection. I’ll be organizing myself and collecting the missing books in the upcoming weeks.

Book Updates

January 11, 2010

I haven’t posted much this past week because I decided to spend some time unplugged from the computer! While I enjoy reading blogs, and discovering new challenges, I have also made it one of my goals to take time for myself this year. I need to spend some time away from electronics and enjoying some of my other favorite things! As a result I spend a chilly Sunday afternoon hiking with my boyfriend. I also spent time perusing the bookstore, my boyfriend made me leave before I could do too much damage. I did manage to purchase 5 books before he cut me off. In an effort to be more resourceful, I also visited the local library and picked up a library card.
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