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Month in Review - February

February I challenged myself to read from my Nook and try to avoid paper books. I think I did quite well. I finished reading Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C.A. Snyder and I really liked it. So if you happen to read this post and read Northanger Abbey I suggest you give this book a try. After reading it I'm now tempted to read The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe.

I got Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and only got a few pages into it, it just wasn't capturing my attention. I'm not giving up on the book, I'm just putting it off for awhile. I'm going to try to pick it back up later this year to see if I can read it, (I really want to!).

This last week I got the newest J.D. Robb book in at the library so there was no putting off reading that for a week so I started and finished it in a few days and got back to The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen.

I read six ebooks this month:
Harlequin Holiday Collec…

Jane Austen Quote

I was cleaning out my gmail when I came across and email I sent to myself that contained a partial line from Jane's Juveniliastory Catharine or the Bower.
...for what after all is Youth and Beauty? Why in fact, it is nothing more than being Young and Handsome - and that It is a poor substitute for real worth & Merit;
I think it's great that we have examples of writing by any author that shows the changes they make to works while they are in the process of writing them. I happen to like the line she crossed out and wonder what her reasoning was for crossing it out.

Book (Movie) Trailer Thursday - A. LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER


I saw this over at EarlyWord and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I didn't read the book and I probably won't read the book but there is a good chance I'll go see the movie. Normally I like to read the book but I honestly have no desire to read this book. I read a one and a quarter of these mash-up books and just couldn't get into them.

February Book Club

For February our meeting fell on Valentine's Day. We all decided we would still meet and a suggestion came up that we read a Harlequin book. We decided that each of us would pick a different title based on our likes. We had a suspense, one with a Greek Billionaire, a baby mystery and cowboys. My pick was The Major and the Librarian by Nikki Benjamin.

For four years Major Sam Griffin had stayed away from Serenity, Texas, gruffly avoiding the fact that he was still heart-achingly in love with the woman who had almost married his brother.

Now home on leave, the devastatingly handsome pilot had to face beautiful Emma Dalton again. And though there was unmistakable yearning in her eyes, Sam could never put down the roots he knew the shy librarian so strongly craved. When Sam finally had the chance to win the heart of the woman he'd always loved, could he convince Emma that her home would always be where he was? (from Goodreads)

This book should only be like …

Book Trailer Thursday: Talking with My Mouth Full

Book Trailer of the Day: Talking with My Mouth Full
I found this book trailer in my Shelf Awareness newsletter on Feb. 2. It's for Gail Simmons' new book Talking with my Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater. This book is going on my TBR list!

Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine's Day I'm going to share Captain Wentworth's letter today. I have great love for the Captain and an even greater love of this letter.

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing somethi…

#Superbookbowl for the Win

Shelf-Awareness is a newsletter/website that I love, it's all about books and the book industry. On Monday, after the Super Bowl, the following article was in the news letter. I loved it and just had to share it with those few people who read this blog.

There was another game going on last evening, too. It was the #Superbookbowl on Twitter, started by @MissLiberty, who kicked off with, "Garcia Marquez just sacked Vargas Llosa!" Others immediately chimed in. Some highlights of the game:

@peterdamien Harper Lee had that brilliant pass in the first quarter, but has remained on the bench for the rest of the game so far.

@AdamBertocci: As a New Yorker, I _should_ support my home team, but I scanned and found a cheaper team on Amazon.

@MissLiberty Man, George R. R. Martin takes a really long time before he throws the ball.

@allshiny Looks like Kafka just gave up. He's lying on his back waving his legs in the air...

@CrownPublishing: Flag on the field--Stieg Larsson called …

Blind Date with a Book

Last year I put together a book display called Blind Date with a Book.  I found the idea through another librarian's post and thought it was great.  Last year I wrapped 19 books and 15 books were checked out.  We asked that people reviewed the book but unfortunately only two people returned reviews.
Last year's books included:

In the Hot Zone by Kevin SitesNight by Elie WieselTom Clancy's Ghost Recon by Daivd MichaelsMacbeth by ShakespearA Million Little Pieces by James FreyWolf Hall by Hilary MantelAn Inconvenient Truth by Al GoreUnder the Dome by Stephen KingLawless by Nora RobertsThe Sinatra Files by Tom KuntzThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Dante Club by Matthew PearlFord County by John GrishamThe Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel BarberyThe Postmistress by Sarah BlakeA Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarHide & Seek by James PattersonA Vintage Affair by Isabel WolfGorgeous East by Robert Girardi Most of these books were ones that I either had read or wanted to read. But…

The Month Ahead - February

Here's what I have planned for this month:

This months Book Club pick is a Harlequin Romance. I'll be reading The Major and the Librarian by Nikki Benjamin.

I realized that I haven't touched my Nook in at least a month, possibly more. So for February I'm going to try to knock out some of the books that have been sitting on there unread for a long while. While that is my plan, I'll be finishing up Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C.A. Snyder and I just got Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Otherwise it'll be all e-books starting with my book club pick.