Showing posts from August, 2011

In My Mailbox (8) 08-24-11 to 08-31-11

This past week I received one ARC from a giveaway and went to the library and picked up some holds. I have a new book loan from work and I also treated myself and bought a new book!

The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta (ARC)
I won this from a giveaway that was hosted by Mandy at

From the Library I picked up:

Royal Flush - Rhys Bowen
(the third book in a great series I recently discovered - Her Royal Spyness)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
(not normally the type of book I read but I picked up the second in the series at a used book sale, started it, liked it, and thought .... maybe I should start from the beginning!)

I Don't Know How She Does It - Allison Pearson
(movie will soon be out starring Sarah Jessica Parker)

Born To Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria - Julia Gelardi
(history about how 5 of Queen Victoria's granddaughter's became Queen's themselves - a fascinating read if you like royal European h…

Tuesday New Releases - Aug. 30 2011

Here is this weeks sample of New Releases.
Please Note that books seem to have different publication dates in the different countries that they are released so these may not yet be available in your area. On the other hand, you may have had some of these books months ago and we are the ones behind!

Only Time Will Tell – Jeffrey Archer

The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta Kill Me If You Can – James Patterson

The Cats Table – Michael Ondaatje

Northwest Angle – William Kent Krueger

Slow Love – Dominique Browning (in paperback today)

Fall of Giants – Ken Follett (in paperback today)

First Impression Friday - The Summer Garden By Paullina Simons

The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons
                                 First William Morrow Paperback Edition Released July 2011
                                 Original Publication 2005

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them—and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son. (taken from http://paulli…

Tuesday New Releases - Aug. 23 2011

Here is this weeks sample of New Releases. 

Please Note that books seem to have different publication dates in the different countries that they are released so these may not yet be available in your area. On the other hand, you may have had some of these books months ago and we are the ones behind!

The Power of Six  by Pittacus Lore
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Heat Wave by Richard Castle (in paperback today)
Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant
Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Measure Of The Magic: Legends Of Shannara by Terry Brooks

First Impression Friday

I have been away from my computer all week because of a wrist injury that flares up once and again so this week I have missed not only taking part in the Review-a-thon but I have no first impression for this week :(

But I'll be back with more next week as I am always reading!

First Impression Friday - 2030 By Albert Brooks

Published By St. Martins Press May 10th 2011 The Description from the book cover: "Is this what’s in store? June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America’s population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward “the olds” and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents’ entitlement programs.
But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond.
The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future agains…

Tuesday New Releases - Aug. 9, 2011

Tuesday is normally the day of the week that new books are released. This is just a brief list of some of the books available today (in Canada). Books seem to have different publication dates in the different countries that they are released so these may not yet be available in your area. Or on the other hand you may have had some of these books months ago and we are the ones behind!

Prime Time by Jane Fonda
The Accident by Linwood Barcley
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
Becoming Marie Antionette: A Novel by Juliet Grey
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Secret Power of Middle Children by Catherine Salmon PhD and Katrin Schumann
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (9-12yrs)
Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff (9-12yrs)

First Impression Fridays - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

“Twenty years ago, the journey began: Diana Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. To celebrate the series that has captured the hearts of millions, Doubleday Canada will be publishing a special anniversary edition for core Gabaldon fans and new readers alike. Unrivaled storytelling, unforgettable characters, and rich historical detail are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's novels. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters: Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. A spellbinding novel of passion and history, that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages, The Outlander takes readers on an unforgettable journey.”
This is how Random House, the publisher of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon describes the book that was just released in a special 20th Anniversary edition on July 5th.The entire Outlander series has a cult following and those who love it cannot stop talking about it. Over th…

Book Blogger Hop 8/5-8/8

This is my first weekend taking part in Blog Hops and I am so excited that I came across the Book Blogger Hop!

“What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”

This is an easy one .... I would do anything for a copy of Jeffrey Archer's new book Only Time Will Tell. Although this book has already been out in the U.K. it does not become available in Canada and the US until Aug 31st.  I realize this is not to far away ... but for a huge Jeffrey Archer fan like me it feels like another year!!! But a very close second would be The Decision by Penny Vincenzi, this is not available in Canada until Nov. 1, this wait is becoming brutal for me because I have been waiting to read this one for almost 2 years!
I am going to be taking part in the First Annual Book Review-A-Thon that was created by Jacki over at (check out her awesome blog) .While there are many seasoned book bloggers out there who are going to find this to be a great outlet to catch up on reviews, I am going to use this as a way to get into a groove so that I can hopefully get into a regular routine when it comes to writing reviews! I have blogged before but never regularly. I hope that by the end of this review-a-thon that I am on track! Thanks for doing this Jacki :)

Book Review - Kane and Abel

Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
Originally published in 1979
Currently available from St. Martin’s Press – 2009 reprint

(I originally bought and read this book about 10 years ago but have re-read it many times)
Abel Rosnovski and William Kane were both born on April 18, 1906 and that is where there similarities end. Born worlds apart, this is a rag to riches tale that reads like an exciting biography. I really enjoy a good story that is detailed, fast paced, and has twists that are unexpected, Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer fully fits this description.
While some stories that follow the lifetime of a character will have sections that stall for some pages, there is never a dull moment in this book.The characters have flaws like everybody else in the world but that helps to make them seem more believable, even more likable. There are times that Rosnovski and Kane make decisions that are unethical but because you know where they are coming from and you can see exactly where there mindset is …

Book Addict and Proud

I am a busy mom of two preschoolers and a complete book addict! I love to read and I love to write. My favourite past time as a kid was trips to the library and as I got older and started earning my own money trips to bookstores became a weekly event. I was lucky enough that during my late teens my best friend had also developed a love of books that was almost as obsessive as mine. This was during the era of the introduction of bookstore superstores. Chapters in downtown Toronto became a favourite and it was pure satisfaction when the stores stated moving into the ‘burbs where we lived! Summer vacation was a time to stock up as all I planned to do was read, read, and read some more.I could easily spend $50 or more in one trip to the bookstore, and as I went on to graduate from College and work full time that amount only increased. It is probably a good thing that there was no online shopping back then!

Once I had kids the book buying came to a halt a little faster than I had expected, …