19 January 2007

Does this count as five books? I say it does!

Last week at small group, we had to decide what movie we would want to be in, but we had to want our life to live out like the movie. I don't watch movies, so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I had just finished ready Forever in Blue, the fourth summer of the sisterhood of the traveling pants, so I chose that. About 2.7 seconds later I thought - why didn't I pick Mary Poppins? I mean logically that movie would be the best choice for me. I don't even care which character I'd have to be. Seriously, sometimes I struggle!

Anyways, here are [technically] 5 books. Bringing my grand total for the first 19 days of the month to a whole lot less than 19. I think it's something like 11. Oh well, I don't I'll ever catch up now, unless I post about my textbooks, and who would want to read that.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came out when I was either a senior in high school or a freshman in college. I think. I should check dates, but it was right around then. I really liked it because I could relate to parts of each of the different characters. This kept me reading as the next books came out. And once the movie came out with Alexis Bledel (and others), I had to watch. Because, you know Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite shows. At least it was in the earlier years. Right now, I'm not so sure.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

Girls in Pants (The Third Summer of the Sisterhood)

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

I even own the scrapbook that went along with the movie!

All of the books are fun reads - although a little young. I'd recommend them for high school aged students (maybe a little younger or a little older) but probably not so much for those who like to read more mature novels!

13 January 2007

Another book - there should be a real post sometime today or tomorrow

Heavens to Betsy by Beth Pattilo was another recommendation from Sassy back in the summer. I really liked it (I guess I just really like to read - there aren't many books I don't enjoy). I keep meaning to grab the next book -Earth to Betsy, but my local Borders never has a copy in stock. Maybe when I order textbooks I'll buy that one too.

This was supposed to be book 6

Savannah Comes Undone by Denise Hildreth was recommended to me by Sassy, the creator of SaBloBoMo when I asked in August. There were a lot of books she recommended and I read most of them - this one and it's two companion novels, Savannah from Savannah and Savannah by the Sea were incredible. They were quick reads and I really liked the character development across the books.

11 January 2007

Catching up

First things first - it's delurking week. And while I don't think I've had too many lately - I was too new of a blogger to participate last year - so I'm joining in this time around. Tell me something about yourself - how'd you find me? What keeps you coming back? What else do you want to share?

Wow, so much for the book-a-day thing. Unless I write about several books right now, which may happen. I have two uploaded and ready to go – except for the writing part.

And I have two more that I could write about easily, so I think I’m just going to go for it and come up with a six book day today. Does that count in the rules? Hmm…

For starters, The Pact by Jodi Picoult is a wonderful book, as are all of them. For many this is/was their first Picoult book, for me it was my third or fourth (I plan to use the other one later on this month). The Pact is very well written (unlike these posts) and I enjoyed it immensely. I tried to get my mom to read it, but about three days in (she reads slow, something about lack of time and being tired…) we found out about my friend who had died and she couldn’t continue, I don’t blame her one bit, but I think she should try again, it’s been almost a year.

I just finished another Jodi Picoult ( The Tenth Circle). It was okay, but not nearly as good as The Pact or my other favourite one (I promise I’ll get to it, but I want to do it justice so it might be a while). The first three chapters weren’t all that interesting, and it felt really slow paced. And then the major twist comes in the middle and all of a sudden, the book is intriguing. The conclusion was significantly better than the beginning in my opinion – and I promise it gets better in the middle.

Next, let’s go with The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards. This was one of my Christmas money books, and I bought it because the cover was cool and the back cover seemed like it would be a good story. It took me a bit longer than I usually take to read, but that was probably because it was set in a time period that I couldn’t really relate to (the 1960s through early 1980s). It was harder for me to understand the actions of the main character because of the world I grew up, compared to the world he was facing for his children, but overall it was enjoyable.

There are two separate posts to come about two other books (which I may just date for the two days over the weekend that I was gone. Leaving me with only one more book in order to catch up), both suggestions from Sassy back in August when I was begging – she’ll be glad to know that I truly appreciate these ones in particular.

05 January 2007

Wanting to be Her

Wanting to be Her is an absolutely amazing book. I think I've mentioned it before, but it's worth saying again. The book is directed at college aged females, but I think it would be beneficial for even young teens.

It talks about liking who you are without focusing on your body image alone. Michelle Graham provides reasons to like yourself for who you are - with a biblical basis for much of the information.

Unfortunately I lent out my copy to a friend and never got it back. Or else I'd write a lot more.

04 January 2007


Since I have been home all day today, I don't have much to say. So I think I'll get straight to the book of the day thing. You may end up with four books today - I don't know if I postdate entries if they'll just show up know or really wait until the assigned dates, but I won't be able to get to the computer for the next three days as I'll be out of town.

I'm going to a retreat. And the person who sent out emails said to leave our iPods at home, becasue we are trying to grow closer to God and our friends on this trip. However, I use the iPod to fall asleep. Therefore, it's coming with me, no matter what he says! Ha! How are they really going to know anyways?

Citizen Girl is no where near as good as The Nanny Diaries. Seriously. I tried like three times to read this book. And each time I was even more confused than last time. I was shocked to find that the reviews on Amazon match my opinion. Has anyone actually read this book and loved it? If so, what was the key?

03 January 2007

Dilemma time - it's been a while...

Okay, so I have a bit of a problem, which probably isn't really a problem if I look at it from the right angle. I know what I probably should do, but wanted input. From someone other than my mother, who has no clue. Which is why I'm turning to you, faithful blog readers.

When I started working at the daycare I was under the impression that I'd be working something like 28-35 hours a week, at least during my break, and then about 15 hours a week when I go back to school. In two weeks, I got 25 hours. I would have had 35 if I hadn't gotten sick - but that still leaves at least 28 hours that I didn't get to work. Now she tells me that I probably won't get to work full days on the days that I will be scheduled when school starts. Meaning instead of 15 hours, I'll get 9. I don't think that's fair at all. What say you??

Although, there are a lot of things that make me think that maybe this isn't the best daycare for me. Which I'll get into tomorrow, after hearing some opinions, without the information I have to share. I will however say that I'm not going to recommend the daycare to K's mom when she next asks.

Now onto my book of the day. I chose The Nanny Diaries in part because I have read it more times than I can count. Also, it's kind of fitting. I really want to find a 15 hour a week nanny job for next semester. It shouldn't be that hard right? There have got to be mom's out there who stay at home but who need a bit of help (or better yet, need a break). We're talking Wednesdays and Fridays, with the potential for Monday mornings until like 1030.

Within the pages of The Nanny Diaries, I can find bits of jobs that I have had within the pages, and I've never had a full-time position, or worked for an extremely wealthy family in a large city.

Up next: another book by these authors.

02 January 2007

What a good day

May I just reiterate how much I love XM radio? And my new pink iPod Nano?

Okay, now that I've got that out of the way.

I managed to finally go get my oil changed today. I, for the first time ever, didn't drive 7500 miles in three months. For me, that's a major deal. Three months past last Friday, and I'm still about 800 miles away from hitting that mark. Amazing. I'm sure I saved a lot of money in gas too, I'll have to check.

I also ran into my friend who had a baby about a month ago. So she now has a 2 year old and 1 month old. And I got to hold that precious baby girl and play with the older one. I love that family, I need to spend more time with them, even if I don't particularly care to go to same church as them anymore.

On to my book of the day. I chose to read this one because someone out there in blog world (I think it was at Chronicles of Nanny-a?) read it this semester and I was infinitely jealous. Because I wanted to read it to. I used Borders Rewards and a personal shopping day to purchase it and loved every second.

The memoirs were great, and many left me wanting more. The back cover says that if you are a parent, a nanny or just interested in the relationship between parents and their careproviders you should check it out. I recommend it to everyone - if nothing else, it's a fun read.

Next up: I don't know, I made a list last night and then promptly realized about 12 more books I'd post. So, we'll see.

01 January 2007

Ooh, fun new challenge!

Sassy has challenged us to post a book every day this month. She says
There are no rules, except you must post a book every day. It can be a book you love, a book you hate, a book that impacted you. Whatever you wish. You may review it, or just tell why it matters; you may post a picture from Amazon or your own copy. Whatev. Up to you, faithful readers.
I choose to play, although I may not succeed at every day.

My first book has got to be The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney. Any book that I can recite the first page of has got to be good. I pick up this book every chance I have. It doesn't matter that I have most of it memorized!

If you want to join Sassy has a cool graphic that you can use - I'll put it up if I have a chance.

Next up: the book I finished reading today.