Monday, July 25, 2011

What Are You Reading?

Today is Monday, July 25, 2011...What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is brought to you by the hot, the smokin', the sizzling, the you-can-fry-an-egg-on-her-she's-so-steamy, Sheila at Book Journey.  The heat wave in the Northeast?  Yep, it's all her fault.  That heat surged all the way from Minnesota!

 I spent the last week in North Carolina with my family, and we had a wonderful vacation, despite the heat wave.  I have one speed when I'm down there - slow - so I am thoroughly relaxed and incredibly happy. I expected to match my book count of last year - 7 books in 7 days - but the heat wave kept us away from the beach, and my "reading spot", during the hottest part of the day.  I think I did ok. 

Books I Completed This Week:

The Last WerewolfNext to Love: A NovelOriginal Sin: A Sally Sin AdventureThe Scorpio Races

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Knopf, July 2011)
Next To Love by Ellen Feldman (Spiegel & Grau, July 2011)
Original Sin by Beth McMullen (Hyperion, July 2011)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, October 2011)

Books I Am Currently Reading:

Making Waves

Making Waves by Tawna Fenske (Sourcebooks, August 2011)

Book I Am Currently Listening to:

Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam, April 2008)

Books I Plan To Read This Week:

The Soldier's WifeGraveminderDear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy (June 2011)
Graveminder by Melissa Marr (May 2011)
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories Edited by Megan Kelley Hall (September 2011)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: App - Spot the Dot by David A. Carter

Fun App for the Pre-School set!

I am still quite new to the iPad and get overwhelmed at all the different Apps available, so when Ruckus Media asked me if I wanted to take a look at one of their new Apps, Spot the Dot, I was more than willing. 

When I first downloaded the app and went through it by myself, I thought it was visually stunning, but an okay app.  It is an "I Spy" type of application, where kids hunt down a specific color dot.  The pages become more challenging as you progress and the locations of the dots change each time you open the application. (Make sure you fully back out of the App for the game to re-set).

Enter the six year old.  (I've learned in the last two years, I can't fully review a children's book, product, or app without running it past the experts!)  Not only did he enjoy it, he still goes back to it when we're on a long car ride or airplane.  In his words, "It looks really cool!"  I have to say, he's right!  The colors are especially vivid on the black or white backgrounds, and the shapes are sharp and bold. 

I have since learned that David A. Carter has been called "the Picasso of paper engineers". 

Even though six years old is a bit older than the target audience for Spot the Dot, this is an application to entertain your preschooler, while reinforcing their knowledge of shapes and colors.

App Extras:
Spot the Dot - iTunes
Spot the Dot on Facebook
Ruckus Media Group
David A. Carter (and Noelle Carter's) website
For more on David A. Carter's books, visit his page at Simon & Schuster

About the App:

Category: Games
Released: May 25, 2011
Version: 1.0
Size: 21.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Ruckus Media Group
© 2011 - Ruckus Media Group Inc.
Rated 4+

About the Author:
David A. Carter is an American author and illustrator. He is best known for his pop-up books for both children and adults. Carter lives in Auburn, California with his wife and daughters.

*Disclosure:  This application was provided by Ruckus Media Group in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox

Today is Sunday, July 17, 2011...HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister, Pamela!

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. It's our opportunity to get a peek into what books everyone is receiving for review, borrowing from libraries, buying in bookshops and download onto eReaders.
(I apologize in advance for all the links to Amazon...I don't have a lot of time today!)


The Name of this Book Is Secret (Secret Series)Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Publisher: Random House Trade PaperbacksSilver Girl: A Novel

Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House)
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (June 21, 2011; Reagan Arthur Books)
The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Little, Brown Books; September 2008)

Adult Books:

The Last Werewolf

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Knopf: July 2011)

Young Adult:

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

Dear Bully by 70 Young Adult Authors (HarperTeen; September 2011)

Children's Books:

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm FiveClackers: Little WitchClackers: Black Cat

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher (Schwartz & Wade; July 2011; Ages 1-5)
Clackers:  Little Witch by C. Nash; illus. by Luana Rinaldo (Robin Corey Books; July 2011; Ages 0-3)
Clackers: Black Cat by C. Nash; illus. by Luana Rinaldo (Robin Corey Books; July 2011; Ages 0-3)

A Deal's a Deal!I Am a TyrannosaurusDouble Play: Monkeying Around with Addition

A Deal's A Deal! by Stephanie Blake (Random House; July 2011; Ages 3-5)
Little Black Book by Renee Khatami (Random House: July 2011; Ages 0-3) (not shown)
I Am A Tyrannosaurus by Anna Grossnickle Hines (Tricycle Press; July 2011; Ages 1-4)
Double Play: Monkeying Around with Addition by Betsy Franco; ill. by Dough Cushman (Tricycle Press; July 2011; Ages 4-7)

An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the FarmThe Bravest Woman in America (Junior Library Guild Selection (Random House))

The Bravest Woman In America by Marissa Moss, ill. by Andrea U'Ren (Tricycle Press; July 2011; Ages 5-8)

An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm by Carol Watterson; illus. by Michela Sorrentino (Tricycle Press: July 2011; Ages 5-8)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Reading 2011 - Adult Edition

Alison, July is almost over, what gives??

Things have been a little busy in Book Marks Land, so I apologize for leaving you to fend for yourselves while you pack your beach bags.  Then again, many of you are not shy and have e-mailed me for recommendations...I loved getting those e-mails, by the way!  Let me know how I'm doing!

Fun Beach Reads:

The Island: A NovelThe Island by Elin Hilderbrand
I learned what the term "beach read" meant after I read one of Elin's books. The pages turn quickly, but she doesn't write fluff. Her characters are complex, her story lines have heart, and her settings are always beach side. The Island recently came out in paperback, but her most recent title is Silver Girl, which I have on my eReader ready to go for my beach vacation! (see, I practice what I preach!)

Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)Big Stone Gap by Adriani Trigiani
I am a new fan of Adriana's, but she's got me for life! I'm currently making my way through her books and loving each and every one. So far, all of her books center around Italian-American families, but Big Stone Gap is a series which takes place in her own home town. I can't wait to dive into this one! (Also recommend her book: Lucia, Lucia)

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A NovelThe Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
I have yet to meet a book by SAA that I didn't love. Her recipe for success: North Carolina, love, friendship, history, and a little touch of magic. It was tough to choose which book to list, because I love them all. (The Sugar Queen is another great one.) Also available in paperback!

Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum NovelSmokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
If you're looking for hilarious, sexy mysteries, look no further than Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The most recent is Smokin' Seventeen, but if you're new to Stephanie's adventures, the first one is One For the Money. The series has the added bonus of having beautiful Trenton, New Jersey, as it's backdrop. Leave your brain at the door and prepare to have a good time.

BossypantsBossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey is hilarious.  My only caveat is this - I recommend you listen to the audio version.  Download it to your iPod and you'll have your hands free to build sand pies, and your eyes free to watch that your little one doesn't eat it.

Now for the Meaty Stuff:

Room: A NovelRoom by Emma Donoghue (In paperback from Back Bay Books, May 2011)
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
The Last WerewolfThe Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Knopf, July 2011)
Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

Joy For BeginnersJoy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (Putnam, June 2011)
At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they'd never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures.

The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Amy Einhorn, January 2011)
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

The Things We Cherished: A NovelThe Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff (Knopf, July 2011)
Tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attor­neys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes.

The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.

Some of My All-Time Favorites:

The Book ThiefThe Help (Movie Tie-In)Sarah's Key 1st (first) edition Text OnlyBeach Music: A NovelEast of EdenThe Hunger GamesA Fierce Radiance: A NovelThe Shadow of the WindThe Girl with the Dragon TattooStill MissingHer Fearful SymmetryThe Glass Castle: A MemoirThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyTHE FOUNTAINHEAD

**If anyone would like me to help them with a recommendation within a certain genre, or something more obscure, I would love to help!  Either leave me a comment below or feel free to e-mail me at APSkap at comcast dot net. 

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