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Another addition... my signed book collection.
I love Chopped which in turn means (at least for me) that I love Ted Allen.  When I heard he was going to be at my local B&N for a book signing, I was super excited and all ready to rush over straight from work.  Then I remembered that my cousin's high school graduation was the same night.  

Book Club to the Rescue! My book club meets at B&N and one of the women works there.  She was working the book signing and offered to have a copy signed for me.  YEA!  

I really thought that it would just be a randomly signed copy, but nope, it was personalized!

I loved the way he signed this!  I can't wait totry some of the recipes in this cookbook.  Jojo and I are always on the hunt for a good Mac & Cheese recipe and he's got one with Gouda and Cheddar I really want to try!

On Ending a Book

Today I will most likely finish listening to The Book Thief.  I was reluctant to read it, but I'm so glad I finally broke down and picked it up.  Markus Zusak paints a picture with every word he wrote, you read the words but you experienced the meaning. 
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Book Trailer Thursday - WIZZYWIG by Ed Piskor

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. It looks great!

Information from YouTube:

Published on May 15, 2012 by 
Pre-order now!
Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life hackers, WIZZYWIG is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator, Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle -- his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks, data leaks, and digital uprisings, Ed Piskor's debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard.
Music by Adam WarRock (, produced by Mikal kHill ( Video by Nick Bremer.

To Win at Love - Book Reviews

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been in love with blacksmiths for awhile now. I think it all started with Newsies.

Go to 1:32 Then came Adam Black in Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning. Before my own creation of Joseph in the Dungeons and Dragons game we play.

Then there’s my whole obsession with running off to Gretna Green to get married by the blacksmith, but that’s a conversation for a different blog post.

There was conversation on Twitter focused on romances that feature blacksmiths. To Win Her Heart was one of the first ones to come up. I don’t normally jump at reading Christian Fiction; most times I end up reading them by accident.  The blurb sounded really interesting so I thought I would give it a chance.  I was really surprised with how much I liked it and it was all thanks to Levi, our blacksmith and it didn’t hurt that Eden is a librarian.

Levi is big, quite, and had a criminal past, but he’s got a pure heart and wants horribly to …

June Book Club - Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin

Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't watch the show, but I thought the concept sounded interesting.  When we needed a book for our Romance Book Club I suggested GCB as a fresh/fun read.  I really was!

Characters - I loved the characters.  They weren't too over the top and they just seemed to go in the world Kim created. (1 star)

Plot - It was a good story, I couldn't put the book down. (1 star)

Setting/Accuracy - I don't know much about that area or lifestyle but I really feel that Kim did a great job of creating that world for me. It was completely believable to a point. (1/2 star)

Genre - I picked the book as a fresh/fun read and it was. It wasn't too corny, or to outlandish, there was the perfect mix of solid story and good fun. (1 star)

That extra something - The extra something for me was the budding relationship between Amanda and her "mystery man"  I wish a guy would try to woo me that way! That being said I would h…

Summer Reading

Going back to school as been kind of rough with a full time job.  I should have listened and only taken one class, but I was strong willed and took 2.  After going crazy the last few weeks with final papers and the stress finally getting to me, I decided I needed some light reading.

I picked up a random Diana Palmer audiobook, it just happened to be the newest in her Long Tall Texans series.

I've read a good number of them and most in order too.  I checked the library's ebook list and noticed we have them and I figured why the hell not.  I'm giving myself a new summer reading challenge to finish reading the Long Tall Texans Series By Diana Palmer - FictFact

Challenge Page

A nice thought as I recover...